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Sting:
How I started writing songs again

TED2014 · 23:15 · Filmed Mar 2014
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Sting: How I started writing songs again
23:15 · Filmed March 2014 at TED2014 · Subtitles available in 19 languages

Sting’s early life was dominated by a shipyard—and he dreamed of nothing more than escaping the industrial drudgery. But after a nasty bout of writer’s block that stretched on for years, Sting found himself channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew in his youth for song material. In a lyrical, confessional talk, Sting treats us to songs from his upcoming musical, and to an encore of “Message in a Bottle.”

Composer, singer, author, actor, activist
He’s sold more than 100 million albums and earned 16 Grammy Awards, yet Sting continues to surprise. His fourteenth solo album, The Last Ship, features songs from his Broadway-bound musical of the same name. Full bio
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