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SO-010 - So you want to be a writer...
« on: February 19, 2012, 04:24:41 pm »
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Re: SO-010 - So you want to be a writer...
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 04:38:27 am »
bukowski's awesome! for this stuff i like alexander pope http://poetry.eserver.org/essay-on-criticism.html a bit long, but something for everyone. mr pope also sometimes wrote ballads.

i like it and think it's funny when he forces the rhyme even though doing so is several centuries out of style.
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Re: SO-010 - So you want to be a writer...
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 11:59:41 am »
It's one approach. I don't accept that it's the only approach. Even Keith Richards who apparently subscribes to that view, claims that he didn't write his first song until he was locked in Andrew Loog Oldham's kitchen with Jagger and told they wouldn't be let out until they'd written something.

If I didn't work at it, it wouldn't happen. The more I work at it, the more it happens. There's a plethora of great songs from writers that put work into it of the sort disdained by Bukowski: Goffin/King; Leiber/Stoller; Holland/Dozier/Holland; Quincy Jones;Freddie Mercury - and many, many more. I take encouragement from that.

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Re: SO-010 - So you want to be a writer...
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 08:19:06 am »
@Mumbles

Of course it's not the only approach. In music there is no "right way" :)

And I have to work and re-write and slave over songs sometimes... and I suspect Bukowski did too - but it's an ideal. The few times songs have come out all in one go it's felt amazing and to me that is what it's about!!

Songwriter Mike Batt told me he thinks it's 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. The bukowski thing is about the first 10%.
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