Top Songwriter Quotes

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1. "The songwriters whom we think of being the greatest songwriters usually write one hit and six or seven flops. That includes the Irving Berlins and the Hoagy Carmichaels, the Harold Arlens, Cole Porter."
Author: Ahmet Ertegun
2. "The way I work, I'm not a confessional singer-songwriter."
Author: Andrew Bird
3. "Well, my main instrument is violin, but I think of myself as a songwriter who happens to play violin."
Author: Andrew Bird
4. "To have a songwriter that wrote so specifically what I felt to be true... I've never been much of an actor either. If something is real for me, then I can do it."
Author: Barry McGuire
5. "I know great songwriters. Fred Neil would come up when he was in L.A., we all used to hang out. He would sit there and sing, and we would just melt. I mean, we would go to his recording sessions."
Author: Barry McGuire
6. "But I really do have a soft spot for the solo shows. Any musician who writes and sings will tell you that's the center of it, that is it. It's almost like there's something church-like about it and you gotta go back there, if you're a songwriter that sings your material."
Author: Ben Folds
7. "My theory is this; I'm not a political songwriter. I'm an honest songwriter."
Author: Billy Bragg
8. "Whenever I fill out the job description I put 'songwriter,' never 'singer' or 'artist.' Singers come and go."
Author: Brian McKnight
9. "A songwriter writes songs all the time, whereas just writing a song can be done by anyone, anytime."
Author: Bryan Adams
10. "I'm a songwriter first."
Author: Carole King
11. "I feel like fans who like old Southern rock and country, and more lyric-driven songs in general, have come to country radio. I think that's why you see country radio growing and albums selling: People are craving a little more of the singer-songwriter stuff going on in country."
Author: Charles Kelley
12. "A lot of our tracks have sounded a lot better than I thought they would because of recording, mixing, and because I probably didn't hear it that way. I'm not a songwriter."
Author: Charlie Watts
13. "When I listen to my favorite songwriters, they have such simple melodies and chords. I occasionally manage to stop at the right time, but all too often I keep on going until I have way too many notes and words. But that's just what I do."
Author: Dave Matthews
14. "I may not be the most famous songwriter in the world, but you know a David Friedman song when you hear it. It took me a long time to appreciate that."
Author: David Friedman
15. "I am a songwriter at heart, and I feel like I would, in the future, write songs for other people. I don't think I want to pursue it for myself, for a solo career."
Author: Dean Geyer
16. "The focus is on singer/songwriters now rather than huge shows. I mean, of course there's always a place for that too."
Author: Emeli Sande
17. "I'm a songwriter who just wants to bring people great songs."
Author: Ester Dean
18. "My brother is an excellent songwriter, and I play guitar and drums."
Author: Jeremy London
19. "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."
Author: Jimmy Griffin
20. "And this whole period of time of gradually working at being a better guitar player and songwriter have gradually led me to the point where I feel I'm doing a clearer representation of the thing that I've been feeling inside me since I was four years old."
Author: John Frusciante
21. "It's my responsibility as a singer-songwriter to report the news."
Author: John Mellencamp
22. "Carole King is one of my all-time favorite songwriters."
Author: Judith Hill
23. "I've never in my life bought a big piece of jewelry - like, 'I'm gonna get myself a big piece of jewelry!' Songwriters' lives are unstable and up and down. Even though mine has sort of has followed more of a going toward the sky trajectory."
Author: Kara DioGuardi
24. "You need to understand that a skilled professional songwriter can accelerate your success as an already talented musician. These people are writing every single day, so their craft is really sharp, and it's the best songwriters who consistently get on the radio."
Author: Kara DioGuardi
25. "I was being categorized as some kind of twangy songwriter. And that's just not how I see myself."
Author: Kathleen Edwards
26. "I know I'm not the best. I'm not the best singer, I'm not the best songwriter, I'm not the best player."
Author: Kid Rock
27. "I'm a songwriter, and people will tell you the greatest stories about their lives, whether you want to hear it or not."
Author: Lionel Richie
28. "I've had offers to sign a record deal, but the people I've talked to have wanted to package me and have me meet with songwriters who've written stuff for Whitney Houston, that sort of thing. That's not at all my style."
Author: Lukas Haas
29. "My downfall emotionally is musicians and songwriters."
Author: Marcia Strassman
30. "I love female singer-songwriters!"
Author: Melissa Benoist
31. "The thing is, I'm not a prolific songwriter."
Author: Micky Dolenz
32. "As a songwriter I hate this whole, 'If it's a sad song, it has to sound like a sad song thing.' And that goes all the way back to my days with the Format. I'm an insane narcissist, so if I have to get something off my chest, I'll get something off my chest."
Author: Nate Ruess
33. "I got behind that pencil and nothing happened for many years, but since they put me in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, I've turned around. I took a good look at myself and said, I think it's time to get back at work."
Author: Otis Blackwell
34. "The hack songwriter will write the absolute truth every single word, whether it makes a great song or not."
Author: Paul Westerberg
35. "Anyone who knows the history of the Pete Best Band or the Combo, we were on the verge of breaking in in America. In the mid-'60s, I had great songwriters; we wrote some great stuff."
Author: Pete Best
36. "Being a songwriter does not rely on an audience or other band members or a camera. I can just sit in a room and write songs."
Author: Rick Springfield
37. "I'm a binge writer. I work in the music business fulltime, in artist management and developing songwriters and recording artists, and so juggling my job I carve out as much time as I can on the weekends."
Author: Ruta Sepetys
38. "What is qualified? What have I been qualified for in my life? I haven't been qualified to be a mayor. I'm not qualified to be a songwriter. I'm not qualified to be a TV producer. I'm not qualified to be a successful businessman. And so, I don't know what qualified means."
Author: Sonny Bono
39. "Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that."
Author: Steve Earle
40. "I don't think I'm a political songwriter as much as I am just a political person. I think it's in my fabric."
Author: Steve Earle
41. "All we do as songwriters is rewrite the songs that have impressed us till we find our own voice. It's part of learning the craft."
Author: Steve Earle
42. "I'd love to collaborate and write a song with Will Gallagher from Oasis. I think he's a great songwriter."
Author: Taylor Momsen
43. "Just like any songwriter, I love it when people sing my songs."
Author: Tim Finn
44. "Then on to all the terrific american songwriters, from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles, from Bob Dylan to Paul Simon. Whoever wrote and sang in the song form I have appreciated."
Author: Tom Chapin
45. "As a songwriter, if you can touch people and make them feel a little less alone in the world, then you've done your job."
Author: Tom Cochrane
46. "I think everyone mentions Bob Dylan, but he's someone I just admire so much as a songwriter. I think people write songs, and then there's Bob Dylan songs. He's one step ahead of just everybody else."
Author: Tom Odell
47. "I have felt for a long time that I want to return back to being a singer-songwriter for a period of time. I will go back to Broadway. But I want to make the right choices about why to go back and when I am ready to go back."
Author: Tony Vincent
48. "I love music, so if I wasn't singing, I would probably still be working in the music industry. I love songwriting, so I'd probably be a songwriter."
Author: Trey Songz
49. "It's a songwriter's dream to have a song recorded and run up the charts."
Author: Valerie Simpson
50. "Even in the beginning, when we knew there was a legal argument about how much our song sounds like his song, as one songwriter to another, I wasn't sure that Cat Stevens would take that as bad."
Author: Wayne Coyne

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