ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Getting older brings a new perspective to Jill Cohn’s writing.
“It’s really an exciting time for me as a songwriter,” she says during a recent interview from St. Louis. “There’s a good side to getting older. It’s the chance to look back on things and have a difference in objectivity.”
Cohn is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter who is touring in support of her latest EP, “Yellow Rose.”
The album was recorded in New York City with producer Malcolm Burn, who has worked with Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, John Mellencamp, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith.
Cohn has been a fan of Burn’s work for a while and when Burn called Cohn, she jumped on the opportunity.
“I have always wanted to work with Malcolm,” she says. “I just didn’t have the self-confidence to make the first move and seek him out.”
Cohn says she fought off nerves when working with Burn. She also was wondering if recording more material would saturate her two current releases.
“It dawned on me that it might be too much,” she says. “Then I thought I would never get the chance to record with Malcolm. At that point, I thought to myself, ‘I’m an indie artist, I can do what I want.’ So, I flew to New York and spent five days recording.”
Cohn says she learned a lot from Burn when it came to recording.
“He has this way of making simple additions that changes everything,” she says. “The entire process flowed together really well and I’m happy with how it came out.”
As Cohn continues her tour across the country, she says there will be plenty more writing.
“There is no method to my songwriting process,” she says. “I wasn’t trained in it. I’m the type of musician who waits for the song to tap me on the shoulder so I can pay attention.”