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One myth I find in how people think and talk about songwriting is the idea that songs are about emotions, of which there are very few. That is, there is love, hate, anger, fear, joy, sadness, guilt, maybe a few others. Well, if this were true Cole Porter would have nailed them all in a song cycle many years ago and we'd all be out of work.

What I find myself constantly amazed by is how many distinct feelings there are in life. I keep searching for more and more concrete, particular, subtle, fleeting, changeable, private "I could never share this with anyone else" pictures on the inside of your eyelids kinds of feelings.

In the life of a relationship, in particular, the dance of coming together and pulling apart, this movement is so vast that there are an infinite, fractal number of jumping in places to describe the movement of the soul. I love the idea of capturing something at once so universal and so ephemeral, so particular to a particular constellation and moment in the heart's time.

This shouldn't suggest that I set out too consciously to find such moments, and particularly not to systematize them too much (although they often do seem like moments plucked from the stream of a life story, a biography of the heart).

 

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