Songwriting, I have to take myself away from everybody to do. It's an unsightly act.
The big problem with songwriting for me is starting a new song. It's the thing where all the anguish exists, not in the writing of the song, but the starting of the new song.
All is fair in love and songwriting.
There's a lot of personal stuff that can go into songwriting but there's also a lot of dramatization and fictionalization. You have to do that to make a good song.
The rule of songwriting: say what you want to say, say it again, say it a different way, then say it again.
Songwriting is like editing. You write down all this stuff - all this bad, stupid stuff - and then you have to get rid of everything except the very best.
Songwriting is like going to church. I'm connecting to something, and it's rewarding in really important ways. I don't need to share it with anyone to feel good about it.
I feel some kind of duty to be really, really honest as a writer. The same is true of my songwriting.
My songwriting is like extending a hand to the listener.
My experience with songwriting is usually so confessional, it's so drawn from my own life and my own stories.
When a lot of musicians change styles, their songwriting suffers because they want to be different.
Songwriting is the most terrifying thing to me, because you are really laying your heart out there.
Songwriting is actually a really great outlet. I kind of recommend it. You get to sum up whatever is going on in your life in a song, then perform it really passionately.
The joy of songwriting only gets messed up if you are trying to follow up a big success, or you are trying to create a hit single, or if you have conscious thoughts of a particular outcome for the music.
I always saw songwriting as the top of the heap. No matter what else you were going to do creatively - and there were a lot of choices - writing songs was king.
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