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#1137889 - 02/26/18 11:48 AM Songwriting Quotes  
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In my quest to remember who said "Great songs aren't written, they're re written, I came across a bunch of other quotes. Thought I'd share

Q“Great songs aren’t written, they’re rewritten
R.C. Bannon

“Beware the lollipop of mediocrity; lick it once and you’ll suck forever.”
Brian Wilson

“My advice for songwriters? Sit down and work at it! The more songs you write, the more good songs you’ll have.”
Roger McGuinn

“Musical magic is created by human beings: learning their craft, trying things out, practising.”
— Joe Jackson

“I let the music decide what the words are gonna be. But I have spent a lot of time and effort on the lyrics, because I’m not good at it.”
— Ben Folds

“Music breeds its own inspiration. You can only do it by doing it. You may not feel like it, but you push yourself.”
Burt Bacharach

“Songwriting is a bitch. And then it has puppies”
Steven Tyler, Aerosmith

“If after two weeks you still can’t write your middle-eight, the best course of action is to see a psychiatrist”
Ray Davies

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen

“I wish I were one of those people who wrote songs quickly. But I'm not. So it takes me a great deal of time to find out what the song is”
Leonard Cohen

“Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain an artist after you grow up.”
— Pablo Picasso

“If you don’t want anyone to know anything about you, don’t write anything.”
Pete Townshend

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out.”
— Charlie Parker

“I hope that what it comes down to at the end of the day is that people believe that I believe what I'm singing. It comes down to being believable.”
John Mayer

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#1137891 - 02/26/18 12:10 PM Re: Songwriting Quotes [Re: Fdemetrio]  
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Well I dunno Fdemetrio,
Bill Anderson wrote a song, I'VE ENJOYED AS MUCH OF THIS AS I CAN STAND and Recorded by Porter Wagoner. Does that count?


Ray E. Strode
#1137894 - 02/26/18 12:18 PM Re: Songwriting Quotes [Re: Fdemetrio]  
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Even if a song, could be used as a quote about songwriting, how does your song apply?

Clueless in New Jersey...

But you still crack me up Ray

#1137905 - 02/26/18 04:38 PM Re: Songwriting Quotes [Re: Fdemetrio]  
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"YOU DON'T CHOOSE MUSIC, MUSIC CHOOSES YOU."
-MAB

#1137930 - 02/26/18 09:47 PM Re: Songwriting Quotes [Re: Fdemetrio]  
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Didn't Paul Blart say he didn't choose security, security chose him?

#1137931 - 02/26/18 09:50 PM Re: Songwriting Quotes [Re: Fdemetrio]  
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Songs are like dreams, anybody with an imagination can create one.

FDemetrio

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#1137949 - 02/27/18 08:44 AM Re: Songwriting Quotes [Re: Fdemetrio]  
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Music for the soul comes from the soul. Music that touches the heart comes from a heart full of love.

Everett

#1137950 - 02/27/18 09:14 AM Re: Songwriting Quotes [Re: Fdemetrio]  
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We make a decision along the way of what kind of songs we will write.
Some write silly songs and some write more serious stuff. Many write both. Some just feel a responsibility to use the gift for more. SO it's a choice.


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