I have never been in a session that felt so much more like we were discovering something, as opposed to creating something.

David Hodges, discussing the songwriting process behind “Afterglow”

Did you know that “Afterglow” was basically written and recorded in under 45 minutes? Or that at dinner the next night, David and Ed got to present the song to Ed’s friend and wife? Here’s your chance to learn more!

As part of our Song Spotlight series, we had the opportunity to once again sit down with Grammy Award-winning musician, David Hodges! He gave us an inside look into his experience writing “Afterglow” with Ed Sheeran. It started out with Ed watching one of David’s performances, which then turned into an email correspondence, and eventually led to their in-person collaboration!

Go behind the scenes and hear from David himself in our full video below:

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Want more from Musicnotes and David Hodges? Enjoy our other Song Spotlight collaborations with David!

My Immortal by David Hodges – Evanescence

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