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Songwriting's a weird game.
The guitar influence that affected my songwriting came from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control.
For a songwriter, you don't really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they're made of, and wonder if you can make one, too.
With songwriting I spend a lot of time living life, accruing all these experiences, journaling, and then by the time I get to the studio I'm teeming with the drive to write.
I don't enjoy songwriting.
There's a lot of personal stuff that can go into songwriting but there's also a lot of dramatization and fictionalization. You have to do that to make a good song.
The songwriting was almost like something I did while I was waiting for my daughter to come back.
All is fair in love and songwriting.
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.
Eddie Van Halen
Songwriting is too mysterious and uncontrolled a process for me to direct it towards any one thing.
When you have kids, you see life through different eyes. You feel love more deeply and are maybe a little more compassionate. It's inevitable that that would make its way into your songwriting.
Great classic music that I've been turned on to has not only inspired and influenced me, but it has had an effect on my songwriting.
What I took back, because of my exposure to the Jewish music of the 30s and the 40s in my upbringing with my father, was that kind of theatrical songwriting. It was always a part of my character. This desire to make people laugh.
That is what intrigues me; songwriting and song structure and expression.
My style of songwriting is influenced by cinema. I'm a frustrated filmmaker. A fan once said to me, 'Girl, you make me see pictures in my head!' and I took that as a great compliment. That's exactly my intention.
Songwriting is something I really need to work on. I don't have very many songs but I really love it. I would love to be a great song writer some day.
Performing is the easiest part of what I do, and songwriting is the hardest.
I love songwriting. It's second to my love for singing in how I express myself.
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.
At first it was my brother's songwriting and I was just doing what everyone told me.
My songs are basically my diaries. Some of my best songwriting has come out of time when I've been going through a personal nightmare.
I respect country music because I feel like it's more about the talent and the songwriting and I put on a big show and we have a lot of stuff, but I feel confident in myself enough as an artist and a singer that I can have all of those fun toys and know that we don't need all the bells and whistles either.
My songwriting is like extending a hand to the listener.
I consider music to be storytelling, melody and rhythm. A lot of hip-hop has broken music down. There are no instruments and no songwriting. So you're left with just storytelling and rhythm. And the storytelling can be so braggadocious, you're just left with rhythm.
I knew that collaborating on songwriting would be difficult for a lot of people, because I was known very much, for my independence and the fact that I wrote these quirky songs that were not typical structure, not typical sound - you know, really original stuff.
Everything in life influences my music. I've always used songwriting as a means to share what I think is profound.
I wasn't born with a natural talent for songwriting.
Isolation is a big part of songwriting.
But there's a thin line between songwriting and arranging.
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