Eric Church, life hacker

Apparently Eric Church, a rising star in country music, has tons of text messages on his phone. But according to this profile in the New York Times, the messages aren’t actual communications from other people …

… Many of those text messages filling up his cellphone aren’t from old friends or new fans or enthusiastic label executives. They’re from Mr. Church himself. He’ll be in a tour bus for the foreseeable future (“My true next weekend off is in December,” he said), which means he doesn’t get much time to write songs. So whenever he thinks up something that might work, he punches it into his phone and hits send. “It’s over a hundred of ‘em,” he said, sheepishly. “Often just a line, or a title. I don’t get a chance to finish stuff.”

I love it! Life hacks born from the everyday necessities of travelling country musicians.

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