Songs are life in 80 words or less.
Because my musical training has been limited, I've never been restricted by what technical musicians might call a song.
Chelsea Morning is a great Joni Mitchell song and I guess I'm partial to her lyrics because they show me a slightly different perspective on life.
I couldn't resist. I went over and joined in, and we just sang the song together, ... They had no idea that I had written it, or who I was. I was just some weird guy who wanted to join in on the singing.
While the sun God will may your day, sing as a song in search of a voice that is silent, and the one God will make for your way.
The main objective in any song, the songs that I write, has always been that it reflect the way I feel, that it touch me when I'm finished with it, that it moves me, that it can take me along with it and involve me in what its saying.
I suppose that being moved to write a song is more applicable to me, I have to be moved, I have to have a reason to write a particular song.
Song Sung Blue took a lot of compressing and refining, and it has one of my favorite lyrics.
I've found for the last couple of years that the things that I can become most deeply involved with are songs that reflect my real feelings about things and so that what I've been writing about.
You can't plan to write a great song. It just happens to you. It drops in your lap. It's the same thing with a woman.
Of all the songs that I've written since I was 15 or 16, every song is different every song is special, it happens in a different way and I like that.
Songs are so all-encompassing; they're the joys and sorrows and pacing of life.
I fell in love with folk music at Surprise Lake Camp. It was the songs of Woody Guthrie and the Weavers.
Well, I Am... I Said was a very difficult song, very difficult because I really had to spend a lot of time thinking about what I was before the song was written.
I don't feel I have to write deep and meaningful songs; they can be light and meaningless. It has to do with the place I am in my life, a really good place.
All my songs are based on melody, which is retrieved from my Jewish heritage. Melody will always exist no matter what the rhythmic changes there are.
As I said before, stones to me is meant things that hurt people, things that cause pain and thats what this song is about.
If it can affect me, if it has meaning to me, if I feel I can do it well, I will do it and record it and thats why I recorded these songs.
I Am... I Said is a very complicated song and its complicated probably because my feelings were very complicated when I wrote it.
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