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Posts tagged "lyrics"
Jul 28, 2014
The only lyrics I’m really interested in are the lyrics I find, not the ones I invent… You just have no idea that’s a thought that you had. It surprises you. It can make me laugh or make me emotional. When it happens and I’m the audience and I react, I have faith in that because I’m already reacting. I don’t have to question it. I’ve already been the audience. But if I make it up, knowing where it’s going, it’s not as much fun. It may be just as good, but it’s more fun to discover it.
— Paul Simon, quoted in Songwriters on Songwriting
Jun 13, 2014
Lyrics are really the last very hard problem in music. Software and hardware have changed music dramatically in the last thirty or forty years. It’s very, very easy to make pretty good music. I could take anyone in this room, and within two hours, we could make a pretty good music. (Pretty good isn’t very interesting, but pretty good is possible.) But writing songs is just about in the same place it was in the days of Chaucer.
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[Bob] Dylan said to me at one point that he, you know, he couldn’t write anymore, and I said, “Oh, what about this and what about that?” And he said, “Oh, the box wrote it.” I said, “What do you mean ‘the box’?” He said, “I write down things from movies and things I’ve heard people say and I throw them in the box.” I said, “I don’t care where you got your bits and pieces; you still put them all together.”
— Joni Mitchell talks to Morrissey (!)
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