Sometimes songwriters and singers forget that. They get a melody in their head and the notes will take precedence, so that they wind up forcing a word onto a melody. It doesn't ring true.
I don't think I'm a great songwriter, but I think I've learned a lot about it, and I don't think there's any one way to do it. I don't think I can control it at all. I can just kind of hope that it happens.
I don't have to compete in the charts. I can just be myself as a musician, a songwriter and play with the musicians that I really love.
I'm probably much more influenced by film-makers and painters than I am by other songwriters or poets.
Smokey Robinson is one of my heroes as a singer and songwriter; a major influence on my own music from the very start.
I'm not just a singer-songwriter doing songs in the key of me.
I find so many songwriters today are missing an element... either the production is amazing but the songs aren't, or it's the other way around.
Dorsey played the upright bass and steel guitar, as well as acoustic guitar. Johnny played acoustic guitar and together they were fabulous songwriters and singers.
It's unfortunate we've never been just songwriters.
I think a lot of singer-songwriters get compared to each other, but I'd like to think that what I'm doing is special and specific to me.
I'm a songwriter, that's what I love.
Since I was old enough to understand what a songwriter/producer is, I've had a curiosity about how Max Martin creates what he creates. I wanted to see that happen. I wanted to be there. I wanted to learn from him.
I think the '60s and '70s were the peak period for the singer-songwriter, for sure.
I think people appreciate a songwriter who shows different sides. The whole angst thing is cool, but if that's all you've got, it's just boring. Everything I write, whether it's happy or sad, has a sense of humor to it.
As a songwriter, I'm not necessarily writing about myself or my life.
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