Luis Gutierrez - I don't want to live in an ivory tower, being the songwriter who just turns inward.
[ Being Inward Ivory Just Live Songwriter Tower Turns Want]
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David Lehman - I've made three studio albums and one live one with my brother. It's melodic singer-songwriter acoustic-rock music.
[ Albums Brother Live Made Melodic Music Singer-Songwriter Studio Three]
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- I love being a very personal singer-songwriter, but I also like being a scientist or explorer.
[ Also Being Explorer Love Personal Scientist Singer-Songwriter Very]
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- Bob Dylan is quite a songwriter, and a great singer and musician. I won't bother with comparing myself to him, but I will say that I heard his records at a very young age and I still listen to all his records.
[ Age Bob Bother Comparing Dylan Great Heard Him His Listen Musician Myself Quite Records Say Singer Songwriter Still Very Will Won Young]
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- I got behind that pencil and nothing happened for many years, but since they put me in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, I've turned around. I took a good look at myself and said, I think it's time to get back at work.
[ Around Back Behind Fame Get Good Got Hall Happened Look Many Myself Nothing Pencil Put Said Since Songwriters Think Time Took Turned Work Years]
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- I like this town, it's really great. They've put me in The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This town is about music. It's about the kind of music I like.
[ Fame Great Hall Kind Music Nashville Put Really Songwriters Town]
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- I'd hate to be a songwriter starting a career today.
[ Career Hate Songwriter Starting Today]
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- What is qualified? What have I been qualified for in my life? I haven't been qualified to be a mayor. I'm not qualified to be a songwriter. I'm not qualified to be a TV producer. I'm not qualified to be a successful businessman. And so, I don't know what qualified means.
[ Been Businessman Haven Know Life Mayor Means Producer Qualified Songwriter Successful Tv]
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- My theory is this; I'm not a political songwriter. I'm an honest songwriter.
[ Honest Political Songwriter Theory]
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- There are quite a few honest songwriters out there writing about relationships and their own personality traits. But for some reason, once they step out of the bedroom, their honesty doesn't seem to come with them.
[ Bedroom Come Few Honest Honesty Once Out Own Personality Quite Reason Relationships Seem Some Songwriters Step Their Them Traits Writing]
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- The stores and the things like that, the business side of things came out at the point when, I'd say probably in the early '70s, it looked like the year of the singer-songwriter was over, 'cause music changed in our time and the spotlight was out.
[ Business Came Cause Changed Early Looked Music Our Out Over Point Probably Say Side Singer-Songwriter Spotlight Stores Things Time Year]
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- Being a songwriter, singer, and a great part of a unit is more important than being Joe Guitar Hero.
[ Being Great Guitar Hero Important Joe More Part Singer Songwriter Than Unit]
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- Then on to all the terrific american songwriters, from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles, from Bob Dylan to Paul Simon. Whoever wrote and sang in the song form I have appreciated.
[ Alley American Appreciated Beatles Bob Dylan Form Pan Paul Sang Simon Song Songwriters Terrific Then Tin Whoever Wrote]
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- First and foremost, I consider myself a songwriter.
[ Consider First Foremost Myself Songwriter]
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- I never thought of myself as being a good songwriter. There are a ton of other people that are good songwriters, but I don't think I'm in the club. What I do well is perform, sometimes sing pretty good, and accompany myself well and arrange fairly well.
[ Accompany Arrange Being Club Fairly Good Myself Never Other Perform Pretty Sing Sometimes Songwriter Songwriters Think Thought Ton Well]
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- As a songwriter, if you can touch people and make them feel a little less alone in the world, then you've done your job.
[ Alone Done Feel Job Less Little Make Songwriter Them Then Touch World Your]
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- I think if you're a good songwriter, that's what you are first - not a star or celebrity.
[ Celebrity First Good Songwriter Star Think]
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- You have to face the fact that I have no reputation as a composer; I have my reputation as a songwriter and a performer-and that opportunity came this summer, when I was invited to perform at the Lincoln Centre festival in New York... three nights.
[ Came Centre Composer Face Fact Festival Invited Lincoln New Nights Opportunity Perform Reputation Songwriter Summer Three York]
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- Even in the beginning, when we knew there was a legal argument about how much our song sounds like his song, as one songwriter to another, I wasn't sure that Cat Stevens would take that as bad.
[ Another Argument Bad Beginning Cat Even His How Knew Legal Much Our Song Songwriter Sounds Stevens Sure Take Would]
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- Townes van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.
[ Best Bob Boots Coffee Cowboy Dylan Say Songwriter Stand Table Van Whole World]
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- I never considered myself a songwriter, but now since I've been working with Nick Lowe, I am contributing to an extent. But I'm the guitarist and he's not, so we compliment each other in a way.
[ Am Been Compliment Considered Contributing Each Extent Guitarist Lowe Myself Never Nick Now Other Since Songwriter Way Working]
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- A songwriter should have friends who are similarly interested; should move about in the milieu of work he has chosen for himself.
[ Chosen Friends Himself Interested Milieu Move Should Similarly Songwriter Work]
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- The songwriter mustn't fall in love with his own song. If it doesn't belong, he can't push it into a show. Let him save it; maybe it'll fit in another show.
[ Another Belong Fall Fit Him His Into Love Maybe Mustn Own Push Save Show Song Songwriter]
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- There aren't more lady songwriters for the same reason that there aren't more lady doctors or lady accountants or lady lawyers; not enough women have the time for careers.
[ Accountants Careers Doctors Enough Lady Lawyers More Reason Same Songwriters Time Women]
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- I love to rock 'n roll. But my finest suit, of all the things I do, is as a songwriter.
[ Finest Love Rock Roll Songwriter Suit Things]
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- I may not be the most famous songwriter in the world, but you know a David Friedman song when you hear it. It took me a long time to appreciate that.
[ Appreciate David Famous Hear Know Long May Most Song Songwriter Time Took World]
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- And this whole period of time of gradually working at being a better guitar player and songwriter have gradually led me to the point where I feel I'm doing a clearer representation of the thing that I've been feeling inside me since I was four years old.
[ Been Being Better Clearer Doing Feel Feeling Four Gradually Guitar Inside Led Old Period Player Point Representation Since Songwriter Thing Time Where Whole Working Years]
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- Sinatra was pretty astute - he used the best songwriters around, he used all the resources, he covered every song from the era basically.
[ Around Astute Basically Best Covered Era Every Pretty Resources Sinatra Song Songwriters Used]
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- I'm really happy that I got to work with such fresh talent. In a day when record companies are not particularly good at encouraging young, talented songwriters to come forward and get exposure, I think it's important to give tomorrow's songwriters the opportunity.
[ Come Companies Day Encouraging Exposure Forward Fresh Get Give Good Got Happy Important Opportunity Particularly Really Record Songwriters Such Talent Talented Think Tomorrow Work Young]
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- The Bee Gees were always heavily influenced by black music. As a songwriter, it's never been difficult to pick up on the changing styles of music out there, and soul has always been my favourite genre.
[ Always Bee Been Black Changing Difficult Favourite Gees Genre Heavily Influenced Music Never Out Pick Songwriter Soul Styles Up Were]
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- He asked if I was a songwriter, and I said yeah, that I was in town because I'd won this contest. He said, okay, then he was gonna play me his hit, and started singing 'When it's time to relax, one beer stands clear... '
[ Asked Because Beer Clear Contest Gonna His Hit Okay Play Relax Said Singing Songwriter Stands Started Then Time Town Won Yeah]
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- I really believe in myself. I'm the hardest worker I know, and one of the best songwriters. There's a craft to it, and it takes a long time to hone it, and I work really hard at it.
[ Believe Best Craft Hard Hardest Hone Know Long Myself Really Songwriters Takes Time Work Worker]
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- You get a letter from her agency embracing you into the family that says, 'It is our goal now to help you achieve your dream of being a songwriter, in John's memory.'
[ Achieve Agency Being Dream Embracing Family Get Goal Help Her Into John Letter Memory Now Our Says Songwriter Your]
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- A lot of the great songwriters in history have been collaborators, with a separate lyricist.
[ Been Collaborators Great History Lot Lyricist Separate Songwriters]
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- It's unfortunate we've never been just songwriters.
[ Been Just Never Songwriters Unfortunate]
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- Dorsey played the upright bass and steel guitar, as well as acoustic guitar. Johnny played acoustic guitar and together they were fabulous songwriters and singers.
[ Acoustic Bass Dorsey Fabulous Guitar Johnny Played Singers Songwriters Steel Together Upright Well Were]
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- Being a good songwriter means paying attention and sticking your hand out the window to catch the song on the way to someone else's house!
[ Attention Being Catch Else Good Hand House Means Out Paying Someone Song Songwriter Sticking Way Window Your]
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- I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.
[ Around Corner Dancer Either Guitar Hate Just Move Only Player Put Songwriter Tap]
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- Sometimes songwriters and singers forget that. They get a melody in their head and the notes will take precedence, so that they wind up forcing a word onto a melody. It doesn't ring true.
[ Forcing Forget Get Head Melody Notes Onto Precedence Ring Singers Sometimes Songwriters Take Their True Up Will Wind Word]
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- Nashville is one of the greatest places for the best songwriters in the world. It's been fantastic to live there and to raise our family there. It's a great town.
[ Been Best Family Fantastic Great Greatest Live Nashville Our Places Raise Songwriters Town World]
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- The truth is, I initially became a singer-songwriter while still in my teens because it was the only way to guarantee that somebody on earth would sing the songs I was writing. Since then, I've performed just about everywhere: rock clubs, concerts halls, arenas, TV.
[ Arenas Became Because Clubs Concerts Earth Everywhere Guarantee Halls Initially Just Only Performed Rock Since Sing Singer-Songwriter Somebody Songs Still Teens Then Truth Tv Way While Would Writing]
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- In many ways, Viv and I were the only ones who were really songwriters.
[ Many Ones Only Really Songwriters Viv Ways Were]
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- I consider myself to be an inept pianist, a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter. What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary.
[ Bad Competent Consider Extraordinary Inept Means Merely Myself Opinion Pianist Singer Songwriter]
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- And of course there's so much music in and around our family. I had a piano during Christmas because it's obviously useful through the season. There are so many people, songwriters, who are around.
[ Around Because Christmas Course During Family Had Many Much Music Obviously Our Piano Season Songwriters Through Useful]
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- I'm a songwriter first.
[ First Songwriter]
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- I think there are some songwriters who are just brilliant who can write and then I think there are some songwriters who can like me I have a problem writing chorus lyrics but I can write a song in a story like that.
[ Brilliant Chorus Just Lyrics Problem Some Song Songwriters Story Then Think Write Writing]
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- It is setting goals and trying to be a business person, but at the same time not losing sight of who you are writing songs for and what your goals are as a songwriter. So believe me, if you think I've got it down I don't it is a constant struggle.
[ Believe Business Constant Down Goals Got Losing Person Same Setting Sight Songs Songwriter Struggle Think Time Trying Writing Your]
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- My brother is an excellent songwriter, and I play guitar and drums.
[ Brother Drums Excellent Guitar Play Songwriter]
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- I feel I want to grow as an actress and be better. I want to progress as a singer and songwriter, and produce movies and everything. So there'll be no time when I feel I've done it all.
[ Actress Better Done Everything Feel Grow Movies Produce Progress Singer Songwriter Time Want]
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- Almost every band has somebody who's the main songwriter and who has a vision, a very clear idea of how a song should be.
[ Almost Band Clear Every How Idea Main Should Somebody Song Songwriter Very Vision]
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- One other thing, if it's possible, as songwriters, you should also develop yourself as record producers.
[ Also Develop Other Possible Producers Record Should Songwriters Thing Yourself]
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- Probably most successful songwriters have an innate songwriting ability.
[ Ability Innate Most Probably Songwriters Songwriting Successful]
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- There's so much fear involved in trying to do something you don't know how to do that drugs and alcohol can become a big part of your life if you have an addictive personality or are very unsure, which most songwriters are.
[ Addictive Alcohol Become Big Fear How Involved Know Life Most Much Part Personality Something Songwriters Trying Unsure Very Which Your]
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- As a songwriter, there's nothing better than winning Song Of The Year. But I couldn't really celebrate, because it wasn't right. Luther wasn't standing next to me, to receive the award.
[ Award Because Better Celebrate Luther Next Nothing Really Receive Right Song Songwriter Standing Than Winning Year]
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- I know great songwriters. Fred Neil would come up when he was in L.A., we all used to hang out. He would sit there and sing, and we would just melt. I mean, we would go to his recording sessions.
[ Come Fred Go Great Hang His Just Know Mean Melt Neil Out Recording Sessions Sing Sit Songwriters Up Used Would]
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- To have a songwriter that wrote so specifically what I felt to be true... I've never been much of an actor either. If something is real for me, then I can do it.
[ Actor Been Either Felt Much Never Real Something Songwriter Specifically Then True Wrote]
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- Whenever I fill out the job description I put 'songwriter,' never 'singer' or 'artist.' Singers come and go.
[ Artist Come Description Fill Go Job Never Out Put Singer Singers Songwriter Whenever]
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- It's my responsibility as a singer-songwriter to report the news.
[ News Report Responsibility Singer-Songwriter]
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- We only had enough money really to cut 10 things and be in there for a month because it's expensive, you know. And, singer/songwriters, today are lucky if they can get a deal, you know. So, we actually worked so fast that we really cut 20 things.
[ Actually Because Cut Deal Enough Expensive Fast Get Had Know Lucky Money Month Only Really Singer Songwriters Things Today Worked]
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- Traditionally, songwriters can't sing. And that holds true in my case, also.
[ Also Case Holds Sing Songwriters Traditionally True]
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- Alan's publishing company was in the Brill Building, and of course, the Brill Building was where all the songwriters hung out because that's where all the publishers were.
[ Alan Because Building Company Course Hung Out Publishers Publishing Songwriters Were Where]
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- And I can say this, most of the people who have recorded my songs are songwriters themselves.
[ Most Recorded Say Songs Songwriters Themselves]
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- I'm not really a songwriter - I'm an interpreter. So in a sense I am an actress first and foremost. I act out the songs, and I lead with my heart.
[ Act Actress Am First Foremost Heart Interpreter Lead Out Really Sense Songs Songwriter]
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- Writing in English was a major challenge. I didn't want other songwriters to write for me. I wanted to preserve the spirit of my songs in Spanish. I am the same Shakira in English as I am in Spanish.
[ Am Challenge English Major Other Preserve Same Songs Songwriters Spanish Spirit Want Wanted Write Writing]
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- When you're a songwriter and you click with someone, you tend to want to keep writing with that person.
[ Click Keep Person Someone Songwriter Tend Want Writing]
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- I like working with other people but I'm not a songwriter, I'm a producer.
[ Other Producer Songwriter Working]
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- It may not be the most popular but there is a place for it. I think about the kind of music I love, acoustic, melodic, and I guess it kind of took a bit of courage on my part to think I could be one of those songwriters.
[ Acoustic Bit Could Courage Guess Kind Love May Melodic Most Music Part Place Popular Songwriters Think Those Took]
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- I honestly don't class myself as a songwriter. I've got 'musician' written on my passport. That's even funnier.
[ Class Even Funnier Got Honestly Musician Myself Passport Songwriter Written]
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- Being a songwriter does not rely on an audience or other band members or a camera. I can just sit in a room and write songs.
[ Audience Band Being Camera Does Just Members Other Rely Room Sit Songs Songwriter Write]
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- I didn't know if it would be a success-ful one, or what the stages would be, but I always saw myself as a lifetime musician and songwriter.
[ Always Know Lifetime Musician Myself Saw Songwriter Stages Would]
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- I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it, and it turned out I could.
[ Being Could Out Pretending Songwriter Started Turned]
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- I do remember actually learning chords to Beatles songs. I thought they were great songwriters.
[ Actually Beatles Chords Great Learning Remember Songs Songwriters Thought Were]
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- No, my son's a songwriter and he does that.
[ Does Son Songwriter]
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- As a songwriter, I was influenced by David Bowie - a great writer. A class above everybody in so many ways. Lennon and McCartney, of course. Class stuff. David Cousins was my favorite lyricist.
[ Above Bowie Class Course Cousins David Everybody Favorite Great Influenced Lennon Lyricist Many Mccartney Songwriter Stuff Ways Writer]
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- A lot of our tracks have sounded a lot better than I thought they would because of recording, mixing, and because I probably didn't hear it that way. I'm not a songwriter.
[ Because Better Hear Lot Mixing Our Probably Recording Songwriter Sounded Than Thought Tracks Way Would]
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- It was kind of like songwriter's boot camp. You had to produce. You had to produce fast. You had to learn.
[ Boot Camp Fast Had Kind Learn Produce Songwriter]
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- The business today is completely different and it's very producer driven, so that a songwriter needs to have producing chops, be a singer/songwriter, or find a singer to develop.
[ Business Chops Completely Develop Different Driven Find Needs Producer Producing Singer Songwriter Today Very]
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- The hack songwriter will write the absolute truth every single word, whether it makes a great song or not.
[ Absolute Every Great Hack Makes Single Song Songwriter Truth Whether Will Word Write]
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- You know, he likes me because I'm his son. I have to go long and far to find someone who knows me just as me, rather than me the songwriter or whatever.
[ Because Far Find Go His Just Know Knows Likes Long Rather Someone Son Songwriter Than Whatever]
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- That's really what was wonderful for me growing up, since I got to know so many of the songwriters who liked me and thought I had talent. They would then tell me how to read a lyric and sing a song, and challenge me to try and find a different end to a song.
[ Challenge Different End Find Got Growing Had How Know Liked Lyric Many Read Really Since Sing Song Songwriters Talent Tell Then Thought Try Up Wonderful Would]
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- We teach young kids from 8 to 14 or 15 about their musical heritage through great songs written by American songwriters. We don't do too many modern composers, although we include songs from Billy Joel and other writers like him.
[ Although American Billy Composers Great Heritage Him Include Joel Kids Many Modern Musical Other Songs Songwriters Teach Their Through Too Writers Written Young]
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- I find writing songs hard, because it does not come naturally to me. I never set out to be a songwriter or a singer.
[ Because Come Does Find Hard Naturally Never Out Set Singer Songs Songwriter Writing]
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