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You should put time into learning your craft. It seems like people want success so quickly, way before they're ready.
Blood spilled out from the hole in your heart Over the strings of your guitar The worn down places in the wood That once made you feel so good Drunken Angel
I can speak for most songwriters - those breakup love songs are so easy to write, as far as the inspiration and all that.
I grew up in a very literate, very independent household where people spoke their ideas and were very supportive of helping each other find their own way.
I'm always coming up with ideas that have been inspired by memories, everyday life and this and that and the other.
Just because I'm talking about something that might have been a sad or painful situation doesn't mean that I'm sad or tortured 24 hours a day any more than anybody else is.
My approach to recording and all that is pretty organic. It just has to do with all the songs I wrote; go in and record them.
Of course, I'm older now. I'm in a different place in my life than when I wrote the songs for 'Car Wheels' or 'Essence' or whatever. Different things were going on.
Some of their best songs don't have bridges and choruses. So that made me think I should trust my instincts. My songs were okay, I figured. I didn't need to change anything.
The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren't worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice.
First thing, I throw on some jeans, a T-shirt and my Keds sneakers and make coffee. That is actually my favorite time of day. That is when I do my songwriting, when I am in writing mode.
The way I look at life, whatever I'm doing at that time in my life is going to be reflected in my songs, for the most part.
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