In a rock band you have to make singles; you have to keep writing them… I was in Kenwood and that period (Hard Day’s Night) would be for songwriting, and so every day I would attempt to write a song… I would just try to express what I felt about myself.
I wrote the lyrics first for In My Life and then sang it. That was usually the case with things like that and Across the Universe, those ones stand out a bit.
…I think it was Dylan that helped me realize that I had a sort of professional songwriter’s attitude to writing pop songs; he would turn out a certain style of song for a single, and we would do a certain style. I’d have a separate songwriting John Lennon who wrote songs for the meat market, and I didn’t consider them to have any depth at all. They were a joke.
John Lennon has always been a bit of a ham and provocateur. But even if he truly felt that his pop songs were jokes, they still communicated and connected with people. They may have been jokes, but they were really great ones.
The professional attitude that Lennon had toward his songwriting is something that I have been musing about lately. Often I hear my friends complain about the sad state of modern music. But what’s sadder still, is the laissez faire attitude people have toward the creation of music.
Hard work is never as romantic as a flash of genius at 3AM that results in a world wide hit. But those 3AM flashes are typically the result of countless hours of honing your songwriting chops. Just because you don’t get it right the first time does not mean you are not capable of hitting it next time. Keep Hustling.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGWha1JqSA8]
Take Control of Your Music,