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“What he did for me on this record was challenge me to write better songs, which seems instinctive but on the last record, he was sort of a supporting character to the songs, whereas on this one, he was a guiding hand in pushing me to make them better.” From New York to Dublin, Chicago and France, the album was recorded in several cities that all offered their own unique perspectives.
“It really came down to the fact that each session and location loaned itself to different musicians, and the job became to keep the thread running through it so it didn’t feel disjointed. Things like ‘Wedding Ring’ and ‘Winning Streak’ came out of those sessions. And Chicago gave us ‘Her Mercy,’ which is fitting since in its spirit are people like Mavis Staples or Curtis Mayfield.”Upon the release of his second full-length solo album, Hansard is certainly one of Ireland’s most successful musicians.
This time, it was his former bandmate in The Frames, John Carney, who was working on Once—a musical love story about two Irish buskers in Dublin.
At first, Cillian Murphy was cast to play the part alongside 19-year-old newcomer Marketa Irglova, and Hansard’s job was to write all of the songs.
He was propelled into a new stage of life that he had to embrace.
Once went on to become a hit Broadway musical, winning eight Tony Awards and giving Hansard a venue for creating a lasting career.
“For this record, I spent more time on the songwriting than ever before. I did my best to get myself out of the way and let the words do the work.
A lot of self-editing and reworking of words, ideas. At the same time, I need to believe what I’m writing, or why would the listener believe it?
“No one plays like Thomas—he’s truly one of a kind,” he says.
Shortly after, Hansard earned his first record deal and was later cast in The —a film about musical misfits by Roddy Doyle, which became an international sensation.
Sixteen years after his first acting job, Hansard was asked to be in another film.
When Murphy opted out and funding was lost, the project seemed to be finished.
But Hansard stepped in—although acting wasn’t his chosen forté.