Author : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Total Quotes : 86
Like Breathing

For me, songwriting is something like breathing: I just do it. But that doesn't mean you're fantastic.

- Adam Duritz

Process Pretty

Well, our songwriting process is pretty collective.

- Adam Rich

Best Bits

The best songwriting comes from being as creative as you can and editing it down to the good bits, essentially.

- Alex Kapranos

About Gotta

If anyone asks me about songwriting, I guess I'd say that you just gotta do it.

- Alex Turner

Thought Song

It's not that I have resisted songwriting, it's just not something I felt I have had to do. I've just not woken up and thought, I must do this. But I have often heard music that I have instantly felt 'I have to sing that song'.

- Alison Krauss

Cave Line

I draw the line at letting people into my songwriting cave. To me, that's where the alchemy happens and where the mystery is.

- Amanda Palmer


Songwriting isn't always something that's directly proportionate to the experience.

- Amos Lee

Rules Know

I don't really know that there's any real rules for songwriting.

- Amos Lee

Studio I Write

Most songs I write are spur-of-the-moment-type things. I have to be spontaneous. If not, songwriting can bore me. There is no pre-design or idea of what I am going to do when I go into the studio. It's all like that for me. I could go in and write two or three songs in an eight-hour session. You can't over-think songs. You just can't.

- Anthony Hamilton

Singing Never

We influence singing but never really songwriting.

- Charles King

Argument Some

There's this existential argument that comes in, at some point, when you're over-thinking the songwriting process. There's no guarantee that the more time you spend or the more you concentrate on certain aspects that that's going to produce a better result, especially in the arts.

- Chris Cornell

Singing Been

From singing to acting to songwriting to mom to fashion designer! It's been quite an evolution.

- Christina Milian

Like Form

My songwriting, when I'm writing, is nothing like it is in its finished form - but you have to start somewhere.

- Christine McVie

Think I Think

I think MTV put a huge dent in the songwriting craft.

- Christopher Cross

Over More

The tricky thing about songwriting is that, more often than not, what you consider to be your best work generates a collective shrug, and something you've simply tossed off bowls people over.

- Dan Hill

Like Listener

My songwriting is like extending a hand to the listener.

- Dave Grohl

New Metal

The guitar influence that affected my songwriting came from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

- Dave Mustaine

Six Away

Because of my interest in songwriting, I was invited to visit a friend in L.A. for songwriting sessions with him and his friends. We wrote six songs by the end of the weekend, and 'Hide Away' happened to be one of them!

- Daya

Income Which

I have a weird life because I live on songwriting royalties, which are a strange income. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it doesn't.

- Joe Strummer


My style of songwriting is influenced by cinema. I'm a frustrated filmmaker. A fan once said to me, 'Girl, you make me see pictures in my head!' and I took that as a great compliment. That's exactly my intention.

- Joni Mitchell


I enjoy songwriting. It's slow-motion improvising.

- Julian Casablancas

Wake Up Like

Songwriting is hard - it's so easy to fall into the same traps. It's not like I wake up and songs flow out of me.

- Julian Casablancas

Been Melodic

Linkin Park has been a band for such a long time, for me, in my eyes. I was 16 years old when I first heard them. I heard 'Hybrid Theory,' and I was floored at what I was listening to. It was angry yet melodic, it had hip-hop and it had - it was just different, good. Good songwriting.

- Austin Carlile

Sound Records

What we hear now is great-sounding records with great-sounding grooves and loops. And the sound of these records is irresistible, but the craft of songwriting is just about over. That's why, whenever I get an opportunity to do an album full of standards, I jump at it because I miss it.

- Barry Manilow

Most Innate

Probably most successful songwriters have an innate songwriting ability.

- Barry Mann

I Think Had

I wish I had more confidence. I think that's probably my Achilles' heel. If I had more, I probably would have felt emboldened to make more interesting music earlier on, or really go for it in an artistic or songwriting sense.

- Beck

Practice Maybe

I'd say, at the end of the day, you know, from a songwriting practice standpoint, you write songs to make yourself feel something true and validating, and cathartic, maybe, and then whoever responds to it is, like, out of your control.

- Ben Hopkins

Production How

The more people who come from musical backgrounds and go into promotion, production, songwriting, A&R, plus get their business head together, the better. They'll not only understand the business aspect, they'll also have a true passion and ear for how quality is represented musically.

- Harvey Mason, Jr.

Feel Other

With acting I am being led by the script, other actors, the director, etc. But with songwriting I feel it is much more self reliant and allows me to be in the creative experience without being as dependent on others.

- Helen Slater

Learned Became

My songwriting and my style became more complex as I listened, learned, borrowed and stole and put my music together.

- Boz Scaggs

Mercury Glam

My songwriting is so influenced by orchestrated music, dramatic, super glam rock-y stuff. Two of my biggest influences in songwriting were Elton John and Freddie Mercury.

- Brandi Carlile

Me Therapeutic

Songwriting is therapeutic for me.

- Brantley Gilbert

Say Expression

It's not just music. To me, it's songwriting more than anything. A lot of people say it's expression, but to me, it's more than that.

- Brantley Gilbert

Always Been

Songwriting has always been close to me.

- Brantley Gilbert

Love I Think

My parents' example of a loving, caring relationship, I think, has affected my songwriting a ton and allowed me to start writing love songs that people could connect to without sounding like you're being cheesy, because they're coming from a real place, something that I saw coming up. I think they're a huge influence on my songwriting.

- Brett Young

Desire Forward

A lot of what has pushed me forward is desire, and I have expressed that in my songwriting - perhaps because it's safer!

- Brian Molko

Never Stepped

The songwriting has never really stepped forward from the '50's.

- Brian Setzer

Been Whole

The whole point of music is being able to share your story. I've been songwriting for a long time, usually while on the road, as a way to get my feelings out.

- Camila Cabello

Think Kind

I'm kind of a perfectionist about my songwriting. If I don't mean it, I don't think it's any good.

- Carlene Carter

Think I Think

I think my favorite thing is songwriting.

- Carlos Ponce

Art Been

I've been really trying to hone the art of songwriting in a way that doesn't follow any sort of guideline.

- James Blake

Pretty Hall

Being inducted into the songwriting hall of fame by Clive Davis, that was pretty memorable.

- Diane Warren

Wrote Very

I found songwriting really hard at first, but after a while it was actually very easy. I wrote about everyday stuff.

- Dionne Bromfield

Singing Always

In songwriting, I needed language. And I always believed in singing about what I do.

- Jason Molina

Like Sponge

My brain never turns off of songwriting. Every conversation, everything I see, I'm just kind of like a sponge and I soak it up.

- Dustin Lynch

Ideas Come

The key to songwriting is just to be able to observe, and put yourself in situations to be around people, and let those ideas come to you.

- Eric Church

Game Weird

Songwriting's a weird game.

- Keith Richards

Gift Most

Songwriting was a gift that came to me when I needed it the most.

- Kelsea Ballerini

Important Very

Location is a very important aspect to songwriting.

- Ken Hill

Soul Putting

People keep putting limitations on themselves and creating this reality that soul music is dead. That's only in their reality. It's not true. To me, Adele is R&B. Bruno Mars is R&B. It's just good songwriting and songs. That is going to last.

- Ester Dean

Had Bit

'Gatekeeper' was sort of my first attempt to put a little bit of a frame and boundaries around songwriting, and try to figure out a way to approach it that had a sort of end result in mind. I haven't written many like that.

- Feist

Like Which

I feel like I'm creeping closer to finding the situation that triggers songwriting, which is obviously an extreme of an emotion.

- Laura Marling

Love Makeup

I love my complexion, but like so many of us, in the early years at primary school, I grew up thinking that my dark skin wasn't a great thing. I've found freedom in music and songwriting, which has given me a freedom in how I present myself. I'm glad I've got makeup to celebrate that with.

- Laura Mvula

Small Say

In advertising, you have a small window to say the most you can. That's what songwriting is. The difference is, you get to put the leaves on the trees and colour 'em in.

- Garth Brooks

Very Gardens

George Harrison is perhaps one of the most creative people I ever met, not only in his music and songwriting, but just the way he lived his life, decorated his gardens and homes. He was a dear friend of mine. His entire approach to music was very unique.

- Gary Wright

Fact Very

I knew that collaborating on songwriting would be difficult for a lot of people, because I was known very much, for my independence and the fact that I wrote these quirky songs that were not typical structure, not typical sound - you know, really original stuff.

- Liz Phair

Father Been

I don't claim to be a particularly good father. I'm flawed, let's say. I've certainly been affected by the experience of having kids... trying to be a father, at least. It's an amazing process. It's like songwriting: it's a complete mystery to me. I don't understand it - but I've certainly written about it.

- Loudon Wainwright III

Sneakers Some

First thing, I throw on some jeans, a T-shirt and my Keds sneakers and make coffee. That is actually my favorite time of day. That is when I do my songwriting, when I am in writing mode.

- Lucinda Williams

Myself Career

Early in my songwriting career, when I was learning a lot about writing songs, I'd force myself to sit down until I came up with something.

- Luke Bryan

Rules Guns

When you're in a songwriting class, and you write a song, and you hand it in to a teacher to grade, I'm still going to say that it's a really awesome song whether I got an A or a D. I learned to stick to my guns and take the tools as tools and not as rules.

- Madi Diaz

Think Want

That's the great thing about songwriting: You have that time to have perspective and look back and think about all the things you'd want to say.

- Gin Wigmore

I Am Am

I am really heavy into songwriting.

- Teyana Taylor

Some Before

You get some confidence in your songwriting abilities and go for the essentials - guitar, bass, drums, vocals. Those are the basic band essentials that have to be in place before you go any further.

- Mike McCready

Through Say

It's true when they say songwriting is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. In truth, what happens is... songs comes through you.

- Greg Lake

Want Like

I'm never nervous about being vulnerable with my songwriting because my favorite artists are ones that are vulnerable. I want people to feel like they know me.

- RaeLynn

Song Stop

Nothing can stop a great song, so just keep songwriting.

- Manika

Learn Some

Some of my best songwriting choices started as mistakes or learning curves, when I accidentally hit a 'wrong' key or something. I try not to lose that the more I learn the how's and why's of piano.

- Tobias Jesso, Jr.

Play Gonna

To me, the guitar is a tool for songwriting, and it's fun, too. The day that it's not fun, that's when I'm not gonna play guitar anymore.

- Scott Ian

Wait Every Day

For me, songwriting is something I have to do ritually. I don't just wait for inspiration; I try to write a little bit every day.

- Sean Lennon

Dream Like

Songwriting is kind of like a craft. It's not something that just comes in a dream. You've got to work at it.

- Sean Lennon

More Deny

Songwriting is different from music, although I don't deny now that it would be nice to have a little more background in music theory.

- Neil Diamond

Part Easiest

Performing is the easiest part of what I do, and songwriting is the hardest.

- Neil Diamond

Artist Show

The one thing I'm really the most confident in as an artist is my songwriting ability and ear for pop music. I'm really excited to show that off. It was a side that I wasn't able to show on 'American Idol.'

- Nick Fradiani

Doing Other

Each song has its own secret that's different from another song, and each has its own life. Sometimes it has to be teased out, whereas other times it might come fast. There are no laws about songwriting or producing. It depends on what you're doing, not just who you're doing.

- Mark Knopfler

Craft Oats

Anyone who takes the craft of songwriting seriously I radiate towards. Spending time with Daryl Hall was a dream come true. I picked his brain a lot because Hall And Oats is timeless.

- Travie McCoy

Idea Hire

My third hire when I came to Spotify was Tiffany Kumar, who came on as our global head of songwriter relations. The whole idea was to put our heads together and figure out how to build and contribute within the songwriting community.

- Troy Carter

Art Song

Songwriting is a mysterious art. When I sit down to write a song, the end result should be mysterious and have this dark quality.

- Martin Gore

Song Good Song

There's a lot of personal stuff that can go into songwriting but there's also a lot of dramatization and fictionalization. You have to do that to make a good song.

- Norah Jones

Best Through

When I work with artists, I give them a general guideline of what my vision is. Then they're going to speak their minds on how they view it, too. The song that defines 'Neon Future' the best is the title track. I wrote that with Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun. It's through his words. We had an amazing songwriting session together, connecting.

- Steve Aoki

Line Arranging

But there's a thin line between songwriting and arranging.

- Warren Zevon

Work Next

For the most part, the real work is done in the songwriting stage and recording; the next step is presenting to people.

- Washed Out

Festivals Own

I'm from a little island off of Massachusetts, Nantucket. It's hard getting into the music business from there, but my parents took me to songwriting festivals because I would write and produce my own music.

- Meghan Trainor

Artist Wrote

After two years in the songwriting world, I wrote 'All About That Bass.' L.A. Reid heard it and signed me as an artist.

- Meghan Trainor

Think Very

The thing about me is that I'm very fortunate to have had the opportunities with Avenged Sevenfold in songwriting. I really think it's helped to bolster my guitar playing as well.

- Synyster Gates

Along Out

When I get all focused on songwriting, I get into all the marketing and promotion that we do to make it happen. Then the right song comes along and blows it all out of the water. The right song will do it for you every time.

- Ronnie Dunn

Myself Singing

Songwriting was definitely first. I started singing, and then I was rapping; then I went back to singing. As I was growing up, I just taught myself piano and guitar.

- William Singe