Simon has a lot to say and it’s interesting to hear about his early work, success, and writing style. If you’re strapped for time I’d suggest watching parts 4 and 5, but really there are nuggets of gold in every clip. Check it all out below.
Part 4 – Speaks about songwriting and cliche
There’s an advantage to writing a cliche: It’s simple and everybody grasps it.
You have to have something interesting to say when you use a cliche (cliche: chords/rhythms that are familiar). If you can find a good way to use a cliche then you are onto something powerful. If you misuse a cliche then people stop listening. They may not consciously stop listening, but they know where that rhyme is going.
Part 5 – Lyrics
Basically I go on an impulse with the first line. The first line needs to have thrust and not have an conclusion…
Words are in response to the music.
Part 7 – Rhythms