Songwriting Quotes

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Criss Jami
“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

“Sometimes I just want to paint the words "It's my fault" across my forehead to save people the time of being pissed off at me.”
Christina Westover

Criss Jami
“I think there is a song out there to describe just about any situation.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Frank Harte
“Those in power write the history, while those who suffer write the songs.”
Frank Harte

Leonard Cohen
“so much of the world is plunged in darkness and chaos...

So ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen

Criss Jami
“Authors can write stories without people assuming that they are autobiographies, but songwriters and poets are often considered to be the characters in their works. I like Michelangelo's vision, 'I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

Criss Jami
“Because there are hundreds of different ways to say one thing, I, being a writer, songwriter, and poet, speak childishly and incoherently. In speech there is so much to decide in so little time.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Jimmy Buffett
“Songwriters write songs, but they really belong to the listener.”
Jimmy Buffett, A Pirate Looks at Fifty

Steven Tyler
“Songwriting is a bitch. And then it has puppies”
Steven Tyler

Criss Jami
“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.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“I enjoy melancholic music and art. They take me to places I don't normally get to go.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“If I knew what to do
I'd do more than write a song for you”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Kelley Skovron
“I tried to look at writing a song almost like solving a mystery. The song was there, buried somewhere in my brain. All I had to do was follow the clues until I figured it out.”
Jon Skovron, Struts & Frets

Criss Jami
“There have been times I've felt so much art in my soul I grew sick of artists.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Regina Spektor
“[A]s soon as you try and take a song from your mind into piano and voice and into the real world, something gets lost and it's like a moment where, in that moment you forget how it was and it's this new way. And then when you make a record, even those ideas that you had, then those get all turned and changed. So in the end, I think, it just becomes it's own thing and really I think a song could be recorded a million different ways and so what my records are, it just happened like that, but it's not like, this is how I planned it from the very beginning because I have no idea, I can't remember.”
Regina Spektor

“I hereby grant you permission to write crap. The more the better. Remember, crap makes the best fertilizer.”
Pat Pattison

“Unless the object of the singer’s affection is a vampire, surely what Hart means is unphotogenic. Only vampires are unphotographable, but affectionate ‘-enic’ rhymes are hard to come by.”
Stephen Sondheim, Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1954-1981, With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes

Nick Hornby
“Of course Tucker Crowe was in pain when he made [the record], but he couldn't just march into a recording studio and start howling. He'd have sounded mad and pathetic. He had to calm the rage, tame it and shape it so that it could be contained in the tight-fitting songs. Then he had to dress it up so that it sounded more like itself.”
Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked

Kurt Cobain
“My lyrics are a big pile of contradictions. They split down the middle between very sincere opinions and feelings that I have and sarcastic and hopefully humorous rebuttals towards cliché' bohemian ideals that have been exhausted for years. I mean it seems like there are only two options for songwriters - either they are sad, tragic visionaries like Morrisey or Michael Stipe or Robert Smith or there's the goofy, nutty white boy - hey let's party and forget about everything people like Van Halen or all that other heavy metal crap. I mean I like to be passionate and sincere, but I also like to have fun and act like a dork.”
Kurt Cobain, Journals

Criss Jami
“A steampunk nation
Baby pollution rises up then the loving comes arraigning 'cause
Our art's official and only partially artificial
And our heart's in the middle of sharp hardened shards of metal but
There's not where it settles
Because it's beating to the steaming of God's hottest pot or kettle

And now we face it, this creation we made to
To save our craving for a synthetic rebelnation it's
Our safeway they make into a pathetic revelation
In our steampunk nation
Our steampunk nation”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Document your dreams.
Sketch that shape you saw.
Write those lyrics before they fade out.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Oneironaut’s Diary

“Baby, I was born this way.”
Lady Gaga

“So much of songwriting hinges on finding new, defamiliarizing ways to express very familiar sentiments, in hopes of being able to reach ears that may be inoculated to true but tired clichés.”
Robin Pecknold, Wading in Waist-High Water: The Lyrics of Fleet Foxes

Silas House
“She had woken up with the song swirling around in her mind and couldn't make it sizzle down her arm and out onto the stiff strings of her fiddle.”
Silas House, Clay's Quilt

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Hidden in dreams are arts that haven’t been crafted, and songs that haven’t been chanted.”
Michael Bassey Johnson , The Oneironaut’s Diary

Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu
“A poem and a song are like cucumber and zucchini. They look alike so much but are quite different.”
Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu

Abhijit Naskar
“Ethics and Songwriting (The Sonnet)

I wish I could write music,
For one song is worth ten sonnets.
One sonnet is worth ten essays,
One essay is worth ten speeches.
That's why I have respect for those,
Singers who do their own writing.
While I pity the empty entertainers,
Who do nothing but counterfeiting.
It's okay if you sing someone's song,
At least make way for equal recognition.
Exploiting talent 'cause they're struggling,
Is fundamentally a human rights violation.
Every industry lacks ethics in its story of origin.
It's time we right the wrongs and get humanizing.”
Abhijit Naskar, Amantes Assemble: 100 Sonnets of Servant Sultans

Lily Amis
“I love and enjoy writing song lyric’s because you hear your words over and over again while you read a book only once or twice!”
Lily Amis

Jessica Marie Baumgartner
“Crafting a song is a spell in itself.”
Jessica Marie Baumgartner, The Magic of Trees

“Songs are like women or cats — fascinating, elusive, seductive, irresistible, infuriating, moody, demanding and contradictory creatures. The writer pursues them like some phantom fantasy — fascinated, intrigued and desperate to find out what they’re really like. They should be approached with caution and respect — especially at night. The more promising and beautiful they appear, the harder they may be to catch.”
Leslie Bricusse

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