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On writing lyrics...
For me, it’s more about communicating a feeling, an image, a mood, than it is about communicating a literal message. Approaching this with an open vulnerability, literal and earnest themes and ideas shine through, but it always starts with the music and the vibe.
There are many songwriters who have had a major impact on my approach to writing lyrics.
I remember reading a interview with #chriscornell
between the time of @soundgarden
’s Down on the Upside and his own Euphoria Mourning and he was saying that his lyrics are often more about painting an image than they are about something specific and literal. .
, when asked about his “cryptic” lyrics, said that the lyrics were secondary to the music and grew out of the melody, that maybe a line in 10 was serious and literal, while the rest were there to communicate the melody and feel of the music. .
always had such an incredible rhythm in his lyrics. There was a repetitive theme there, at times, that always hooked me. @stpband
’s No. 4 has many great examples of this. A line or verse is folded in on itself and restated. And throughout his lyrics, there is an abstractness that speaks to me of pure melody and rhythm driven stream-of-consciousness. Additionally, Weiland had a range to his vocal delivery and an undeniable swagger that have had a huge impact on me and my approach to vocals.
These artists had a tremendous impact on me musically and lyrically. There are others to be sure, but these guys are definitely some of my biggest influences.