Rosi Golan feels she didn't choose to be a songwriter - this path chose her.

Unlike most, Golan didn't dream of live shows and lyrics. At the age of 19, Golan found herself rudderless and unsure, reeling from the simultaneous experiences of personal and communal tragedy. "My grandmother passed away, and it was not long after September 11th. I was trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life," Golan explains. "I was having this thought while I was in a car -- and a commercial came on for a guitar store." Shortly thereafter, Golan found herself at the shop, and, never having played before, purchased a guitar for the self-admitted worst reason ever: "I liked the color," she laughs. It shouldn't have worked out, but it has.

This video traces the expression of Golan's sophomore album, Lead Balloon.

Josh Franer was responsible for the behind-the-scenes cinematography of this piece.

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