Thursday, May 17, 2007


1. observe and describe characters in situations;
2. use simple words to convey rich thoughts;
3. deal frankly with those people otherwise dispossessed of song;
4. carry a hint of the subconscious at play, or shrewd implications about personal identity and social anxieties;
5. possess a dry humour, finely balanced between satire and cynicism.

Richard Witts deconstructs the obligations of the songwriter. From his book The Velvet Underground as reviewed in the London Review of Books by Mark Greif.

1 comment:

Lolabola said...

oh to be able to do any of those things well

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