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I fell into lyric writing because of music. I backed into it.
I tend to write out the first iteration of a lyric here and then go over here and make variations on it, on the page opposite.
It's not only about the rap lyric. Today, people are buying you as a person.
Only a tiny portion of music history involves a singer and a lyric. Songs in music are generally thought to be a minor form.
I have a little dictaphone and if a sound takes my fancy or if a lyric comes to me in the middle of the night I'll just record it there and then.
I was an usher at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. You had to watch whatever play they had on 40 times.
The title song of David Bowie's 'Young Americans' is one of his handful of classics, a bizarre mixture of social comment, run-on lyric style, English pop and American soul.
I sit down and draw from my lyric book. I sit down and start looking through it and see if there is anything that strikes me that I've written.
There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.
I understand that transposing a song a half step can effect the believability of a lyric.
I'm not saying everybody has a social responsibility of what art they create, but art should be open-ended. I just feel there's a lack of consciousness and understanding of impact and reach. Just maybe, for a second, just think of the effect you could have with a lyric.
Ladies love a soppy lyric. There's a real winner in 'Carry You Home.'
If I play anything that sounds like a solo, it's gonna sound like a lyric.
When the student has her voice under complete control, it is safe to take up the lyric repertoire of Mendelssohn, Old English Songs, etc. How simple and charming they are!
What I want, when I write a poem, is no more than this: that it be preserved in some published form so that, in principle, someone, somewhere, will be able to find it and read it. That is all I need, as a poet, and that is the beauty, the luxury of my position. My lyric is mine and remains mine. Nobody can ruin it.
Anything is food for starting a song. A song can start with a lyric idea or a melody or just a sound that inspires.
There can be no proof that Blake's lyric is composed of the best words in the best order; only a conviction, accepted by our knowledge and judgment, that it is so.
I don't think I always look in people's faces, like, as - I think especially when I'm doing my more intimate songs that are quite personal, I always feel it's a bit accusing if I stare in someone's face when I singing quite a personal lyric.
I have a lyric journal that I write in a lot. When I'm going to play, I just sit down and have my books with me and my notes and tapes and whatever I need to refer to. I just play and try different things. It's a kind of discipline.
It must have been when I was 14 or 15 that I started tentatively writing songs and was able to convey an emotion and a lyric with what I wanted to say.
It was a little at a time but I broke out my Walkman and my lyric pad and started writing.
I tend to write at the piano, but usually the melody and lyrics come first. Like, I'll be in the shower, and I'll start singing, and the melody and the lyric will just come out. Then I'll quickly try to finish the shower, try to remember it, record it on my phone and save it for the studio.
I was the lead singer in a lot of the bands I was in. You have to be comfortable. You gotta get up there and sell the song. You have to get up there and sell the lyric. You gotta be able to feel it.
There's no reason anybody should be reading too much into 'Thrift Shop.' I just have because I have a 10-year-old and a 7-year-old who are really into going to lyric websites, hitting print, and printing lyrics for every song that's popular.
My advice to singers is always the same: 'Don't sing the song, sing the lyric.'
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