I need in order to begin a good song is some irritant, some
experience or feeling that gets lodged inside of me until I can't be
rid of it any other way. We need great patience to write great songs.
We must trust to the currents and wait for the event that places in us
the seed of a genuine pearl."|
"Fulfillment is all about taking the path that leads you on this journey truthfully, because that’s how we find whatever success we’re destined to find. All we can do is try to stay passionate, honest, and determined while overcoming the resistance. All we can do is get in the right place and wait for the right time to find us."
"Writers dwell in a world of living memories. We have the curse of sensual recall. Sights, sounds and smells produce feelings that accompany memories and we are at the mercy of them. We don't want it to be otherwise. We love the bittersweet associations of the past and present because that creates the emotional state necessary to write."
"If there are any rules to the craft, we learn them in order to master the art of breaking them. We break them in order to find the beauty and originality that lies beyond them. In essence, rules are for beginners, but art is never merely willful ignorance or abandonment of craft. It builds on the foundation of craft and makes castles of the imagination above it.
- Craig Bickhardt (from "The Song Emerging")
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