Friday, August 17, 2012

Paul Simon says...

'I don't write to get something through to somebody. I write for various reasons. Some songs, I write for the pleasure of writing the song. It doesn't have any great meaning, it's just a song. Songs are nice. Kids sing songs all the time, for the pleasure of the singing. The pleasure of the rhythm. London Bridge is falling down. There's a pleasure in singing the songs, there is a pleasure in writing the songs. Some songs, you try and express yourself emotionally. Those are different songs for me. And they express what I feel and they relieve tensions that I feel when I express them. But I don't think about getting through to somebody.'

-Paul Simon (from the documentary Songs of America, Simon and Garfunkel, 1969)

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