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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The lyric process - Paul Simon

From Laura Jackson's Paul Simon, The Definitive Biography:
"... Paul set himself the lengthy task of writing lyrics that were shaped by his singing aloud whatever words were subliminally suggested by repeatedly playing the music. Determined to seek a new language in rock music, he later explained that what he derives from working in this seemingly back to front way is an invitation to rely lyrically more on the abstract, because music itself is abstract."

Food for thought...
"subliminally suggested by repeatedly playing the music"
Maybe that is why I sometimes write with music in the background

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