You see, I don't want to be up there on the stage being me. I don't think I'm that interesting. What I want to do is be the person that's in the song. If I can be the character in the song, then suddenly there's all this strength and energy in me which I wouldn't normally have, whereas if it was just me, I don't think I could walk on stage with confidence.
All I can do is just remember that William Blake wasn't even published in his lifetime; ya gotta keep creating.
It's like the only thing that's really yours. Relationships are never yours. Property is never yours. Your body isn't even yours. Music is something that actually is. It's forever, in a way.
Do not be trite. Do not be redundant. Do not be afraid to be adventurous- and don't forget the art part.
You shouldn't ignore the traditional. You have to know what went on before in order to write a song.
[The songs] come from real life right to the point where they don't rhyme, and then I make the rest up.
"...And his notes are so perfect that, you know, the emotions just hang on them. They just glisten; they just glisten. They have a viscosity where they just stay...on your heart."
Bill Murray, waxing poetic in his interview with Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning today, when describing his love of singing his favorite: Stephen Foster's "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair."
Not weighing in on that song itself, but may I someday compose a song that inspires such a remark!
I would suggest reading every great play you ever admired, and then pretend it was a vehicle for a musical and write songs for it.
It's funny, but people still attach a lot of mystery to Bob. I mean, Dylan's just a guy like anybody else, except he's a guy who has something to say, and he has a personality that makes it his own.There's not many people who can walk into a room of 20,000, stare at them, and get their attention. That's not an easy trick.
The less chords, the better. Wouldn't a one-chord hit song be fantastic?
I write rock songs all different ways. If it's a song me and the guys are having some laughs with, I'll cook it up on the spot. If the song's simple enough, we'll just go ahead and try it out on stage as soon as it's written. Then i'll perfect it later.
You're up there with your guitar and voice and you will see, unbelievably swiftly, the weaknesses of your own material.
Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory.
It's self-defeating for a songwriter to ignore or mask pain. It's sort of the fuel that all this runs on in the first place.
I don't no what I don't no ... me; and...
"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones."
I wish I could be who I was before I was me.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
He who approaches the temple of the Muses without inspiration, in the belief that craftsmanship alone suffices, will remain a bungler and his presumptuous poetry will be obscured by the songs of the maniacs.
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
The German poet Rilke said,"Good art is born of necessity."
If I new then, what I no now, everything wood be diff'rent
[I love reading your stuff tsu nami! Gud'stuff, indeed!]
A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
"i have nothing to say and I'm saying it and this is poetry as I need it"
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Writers are a cruel lot, aren't they? They just raid life.
The secret of a great melody is a secret.
There's a song for every sin out there.
I'm different. It's allowed.