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Thread #99099   Message #1970674
Posted By: GUEST
17-Feb-07 - 11:08 AM
Thread Name: What makes a person a good songwriter?
Subject: RE: What makes a person a good songwriter?
I agree with Arkie's observation. Most of my favourite songwriters have a great love of music and sing a variety of songs. They usually have enormous respect for both the tradition and their own contemporaries, and I'm sure that by opening their minds this way their own songs have a much richer variety of subject, tune, lauguage etc.

It seems to me that if you 'shut out' other musical influences you'll never know whether you're just 'reinventing the wheel' by saying what's already been said a hundred times before, and probably better.