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Posted By: Elaine Green
18-Feb-07 - 09:35 AM
Thread Name: What makes a person a good songwriter?
Subject: RE: What makes a person a good songwriter?
Learning the rules well enough to be able to throw them out the window if the spirit sends you that way. Take Lennon-McCartney, for example. Heavy traditional (no, not in the folk sense!) song structure. Verses, choruses, bridges (almost always), breaks, blah, blah.

But when it didn't suit the song sweeping into them, they were perfectly willing to dispense with any and all rules. BUT, they always came back to them as the basis.