Composing for dummies

'Say what you have to say as simply as possible and then leave before they have a chance to figure you out.'
That was Paul Simon's advice to a songwriting class he taught at New York University and the quote comes via David Browne's disappointingly earthbound chronicle of the music of 1970 Fire and Rain. Elsewhere Simon and Garfunkel are beyond cool.

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Joe Shelby said…
I always liked Richard Thompson's take on getting good at songwriting: write a thousand songs and throw them all away.

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