Top Songwriting Quotes

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1. "I attended a post-college program in L.A. for Music Business and Production. Took several courses involving Music Production, Arrangement, and Songwriting."
Author: Adam Kluger
2. "I draw the line at letting people into my songwriting cave. To me, that's where the alchemy happens and where the mystery is."
Author: Amanda Palmer
3. "Most songs I write are spur-of-the-moment-type things. I have to be spontaneous. If not, songwriting can bore me. There is no pre-design or idea of what I am going to do when I go into the studio. It's all like that for me. I could go in and write two or three songs in an eight-hour session. You can't over-think songs. You just can't."
Author: Anthony Hamilton
4. "The songwriting of Hall & Oates is deceptively complex. There are a number of key changes that pass you by as you're listening to the song because they're so seamless and clever."
Author: Ben Gibbard
5. "My songwriting is so influenced by orchestrated music, dramatic, super glam rock-y stuff. Two of my biggest influences in songwriting were Elton John and Freddie Mercury."
Author: Brandi Carlile
6. "I stand firm behind the belief that, for me, songwriting isn't something that I do or command, it happens to me. I can either choose to stop and acknowledge it, or put it off and hope that it won't fade away. 'That Wasn't Me' is no exception - it came together more quickly than any other song I have ever constructed on my own."
Author: Brandi Carlile
7. "A lot of what has pushed me forward is desire, and I have expressed that in my songwriting - perhaps because it's safer!"
Author: Brian Molko
8. "I wanted to play rock and roll when I started playing. Nobody at that time ever thought about songwriting. You sang songs, that's all. You sang other people's songs. That's all there were."
Author: Bruce Cockburn
9. "We influence singing but never really songwriting."
Author: Charles King
10. "I think MTV put a huge dent in the songwriting craft."
Author: Christopher Cross
11. "Songwriting is like a therapy, it's a connection that you have with another person, and I'm not scared of it at all for some reason."
Author: Colbie Caillat
12. "Songwriting and poetry are so commonly birthed from underdogs because one can make even the ugliest situations admirable, or more beautiful than the beautiful situations - they are the most graceful media in which the lines of society are distorted."
Author: Criss Jami
13. "I'm a fairly tormented artist, and I'm less willing to indulge myself in self-pity, outside of songwriting."
Author: Dave Matthews
14. "The guitar influence that affected my songwriting came from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal."
Author: Dave Mustaine
15. "I found songwriting really hard at first, but after a while it was actually very easy."
Author: Dionne Bromfield
16. "My brain never turns off of songwriting. Every conversation, everything I see, I'm just kind of like a sponge and I soak it up."
Author: Dustin Lynch
17. "On 'Van Halen,' I was a young punk, and everything revolved around the fastest kid in town, gunslinger attitude. But I'd say that at the time of 'Fair Warning,' I started concentrating more on songwriting. But I guess in most people's minds I'm just a gunslinger."
Author: Eddie Van Halen
18. "The key to songwriting is just to be able to observe, and put yourself in situations to be around people, and let those ideas come to you."
Author: Eric Church
19. "Songwriting helps me sort out my personal problems. With acting, you're just a tool for someone's ideas."
Author: Gary Kemp
20. "That is what intrigues me; songwriting and song structure and expression."
Author: Geddy Lee
21. "No one can attack you when you're songwriting; it's you and a song, which is a great place to be."
Author: Gin Wigmore
22. "I love the art form of songwriting. I get to carry a lot of vibes to a lot of people. My songs are all about the human condition, and people will be able to find themselves in my songs."
Author: Glenn Hughes
23. "It's true when they say songwriting is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. In truth, what happens is... songs comes through you."
Author: Greg Lake
24. "At first it was my brother's songwriting and I was just doing what everyone told me."
Author: Gwen Stefani
25. "I've been really trying to hone the art of songwriting in a way that doesn't follow any sort of guideline."
Author: James Blake
26. "I've always gravitated towards songwriting that happens easily and spontaneously, because those have always been my best songs."
Author: Jane Wiedlin
27. "I have always written poetry but I have never applied it to songwriting."
Author: Janine Turner
28. "Songwriting is an art unto itself, not to be confused with performing."
Author: Jo Stafford
29. "I'm treating country music like it's a sport. I'm looking at where my competition is and realized I needed to work on my songwriting."
Author: Kip Moore
30. "But this is pretty new for me, both songwriting and singing."
Author: Krist Novoselic
31. "I feel like I'm creeping closer to finding the situation that triggers songwriting, which is obviously an extreme of an emotion."
Author: Laura Marling
32. "Country is bringing in a little rock element... a little '80s element. Melody is king now. But its just in the music, its not so much in the songwriting, which is still very basic to the storytelling aspect of it."
Author: Lionel Richie
33. "Each song has its own secret that's different from another song, and each has its own life. Sometimes it has to be teased out, whereas other times it might come fast. There are no laws about songwriting or producing. It depends on what you're doing, not just who you're doing."
Author: Mark Knopfler
34. "It's nice to finally have a CD out which reflects my songwriting, my singing and the band that I have."
Author: Mick Taylor
35. "I wasn't born with a natural talent for songwriting."
Author: Natalie Imbruglia
36. "Performing is the easiest part of what I do, and songwriting is the hardest."
Author: Neil Diamond
37. "Songwriting is different from music, although I don't deny now that it would be nice to have a little more background in music theory."
Author: Neil Diamond
38. "I mean Gorilla was really our first sort of goes at songwriting."
Author: Neil Innes
39. "I think my songwriting might be a little more on the darker side maybe."
Author: Neko Case
40. "All is fair in love and songwriting."
Author: Norah Jones
41. "You wind up creating from silence, like painting a picture on a blank canvas that could bring tears to somebody's eyes. As songwriters, our blank canvas is silence. Then we write a song from an idea that can change somebody's life. Songwriting is the closest thing to magic that we could ever experience. That's why I love songwriting."
Author: Rodney Atkins
42. "The classic, quote/unquote, craft of songwriting still works; it still is relevant."
Author: Ryan Tedder
43. "To me, the guitar is a tool for songwriting, and it's fun, too. The day that it's not fun, that's when I'm not gonna play guitar anymore."
Author: Scott Ian
44. "Country music was the music I was brought up on. It's the music that's closest to my heart and the music that speaks to me the most, and it's always been a big influence on my own songwriting."
Author: Teddy Thompson
45. "I am really heavy into songwriting."
Author: Teyana Taylor
46. "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."
Author: Tim Finn
47. "Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control."
Author: Tracy Chapman
48. "I actually write film music because I'm classically trained on the piano so as well as songwriting I also write actual film music that could be used for movies like war movies and love movies."
Author: Vanessa Brown
49. "Advice? Fail constantly. Because the word doesn't mean what you think it means, especially when you're an artist. I use the word artist to mean everything from songwriting to writing a novel to even writing video games. Anything that tells a story, which is almost any medium. Gotta take risks, you gotta go through multiple drafts which means you have to FAIL, a lot. So you won't always get the reaction you always want from every single person, so when you lose that fear of failure, when you stop even thinking of it as failure, and you push yourself farther, you'll take bigger risks, and eventually, after about six or seven hundred rejections, you'll find success. And you'll find a way of conveying what you really want to say, in the best manner."
Author: Victor Giannini
50. "But there's a thin line between songwriting and arranging."
Author: Warren Zevon

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