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Posted By: Big Al Whittle
18-Feb-07 - 12:52 PM
Thread Name: What makes a person a good songwriter?
Subject: RE: What makes a person a good songwriter?
its all a bit silly really.

some peoples idea of a good songwriter, ain't others. much in the way that some peoples idea of a good person won't accord with another persons.

I always like very individual voices like george Formby and Randy Newman. You don't really hear other people doing their material as well as they do (did - in thecase of George).

Other peple think that say Gershwin and Porter are the apotheosis of songwriting, because different artists are attracted to giving different 'readings'.

I'm a bit reminded of the the words of the srtist Charles Strickland in the novel the moon and sixpence - he says something to the effect:-

When a man falls in the water he has to swim, it doesn't matter whether he swims well or badly - but that is what he knows he must do.

I think all artstic endeavour is a bit like that. You do what you can. You probably take advantage of whatever the local condition supply you with, and you do your best.