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Music a family affair for Loudon Wainwright III
Why wouldnt you write about them? he says of writing songs about family

Loudon Wainwright III latest album Recovery. “Its a play on words about recovering a song," says Wainwright. “I had been performing some of the songs, but some of them I had forgotten about and had to relearn."

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Loudon Wainwright IIIs family is just like any other, except they write songs about their tangled relationships and then share their frustrations with their audiences.

Wainwright welcomed his son, Rufus, into the world with a jealous ditty about breast-feeding and his daughter with Pretty Little Martha at the time he was separating from their mother, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle. Years later, his children would get back at their father in their own songs like Rufus Dinner at Eight.

Filmmaker Judd Apatow in his liner notes to Wainwrights 2007 CD Strange Weirdos says he was drawn to the songwriters music because it was both comedic and painfully truthful and asked him to do his first film score ever for Knocked Up. He also cast Wainwright as an obstetrician in the 2007 movie.

While working on the score, Wainwright became inspired to revisit songs from his first four albums, from 1970 to 1973. On his latest CD, Recovery, the 62-year-old Wainwright finds new meaning and relevance in songs written by his 20-something self.

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