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Connecting with nature: Divorce, move to lakeside put Todd Snider on new course

Todd Snider is getting to be one with nature again.

When the sun rises, Snider can be found outside his home singing to the lake.

It’s a new practice, and the songwriter is enjoying it.

“It’s actually kind of relaxing,” Snider says during a recent interview. “I get up and go out and sing to the lake. I try out new material. I also work a lot on my flowers. It’s relaxing to me to get that done.”

Snider also finds himself in a new phase of life in his new home by the lake.

“I made a book, got divorced and moved out here,” he says. “Oh, I also joined a band, Hard Working Americans, and I will stay here until I’m done paying off my divorce. I’m not living the way I was used to. These changes have been amazing.”

One thing that hasn’t changed much is his writing process.

It still takes him months or even years to finish songs.

“I’ve always let the songs grow on their own,” he says. “I’m a lot more picky as I get older, as well. Each song that comes out of me is something I stand completely behind. It’s a long process, but I’m not going to rush anything.”

Snider also enjoys life on the road and welcomes the opportunity to meet new people.

He says touring is an important part of his life.

“It’s part of who I am,” he says. “I’ve also got to keep myself healthy. A week ago, I was on vocal rest because an ulcer I have went off on me on the last day of tour. I have to pay attention to my body more.”

Snider quickly rose through the ranks of singer/songwriters since his debut in 1994.

He is influenced by the likes of John Prine and continues to craft introspective songs.

“The craftsmanship is meticulous,” he says of his music. “I have six songs right now, and I think they are pretty great. I have to decide if I’m going to release a full album or an EP. The music industry has changed so much that I don’t know which way to go.”

Snider is also looking forward to returning to Santa Fe for a show at James A. Little Theater tonight.

“New Mexico is a special place,” he says. “Just as Nashville is known for its music scene, New Mexico is known for its arts scene and a creative hub. It’s a special place, and I hope to get inspired more by the area and its spirituality.”

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