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Hangout Fest ’18—In Full Bloom

By Jennie McKeon

Songwriting doesn’t always have to be introspective and serious.

Just ask Caroline Rose.

The 28-year-old Vermont musician can write about greed, loneliness or an unplanned pregnancy with a sense of humor and a wink.

“Early on, I was only showcasing a part of my personality, and I was so intently focused on being taken seriously as a songwriter,” she said while taking a break from her tour at her parent’s house. “I just got tired of that. There’s a lot of people who are just elitist musicians, and it just makes me cringe.”

Rose has been writing songs and picking up instruments since she was an early teen. In February, she released her sophomore album, “Loner,” for which she wrote and arranged every song.

“It’s pretty dreamy,” she said of her burgeoning musical success.

Rose said her songwriting inspiration comes from her love of films. Her favorite filmmakers are Pedro Almodóvar and David Lynch. She also credits Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez for inspiring her brand of storytelling. Even her music videos have a film-like quality, in which Rose plays all the characters.

She said she’d love to write the score for a movie one day, but she’s focused on what she’s doing right now. And right now, she’s in the middle of a tour.

With a healthy repertoire of songs, Rose said it can be hard to choose what goes on the set list. Unlike some artists who feel uncomfortable listening to their own music, Rose unapologetically said she enjoys listening to hers.

“It takes so much time writing the songs, I get pleasure in hearing them,” she said.

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