I’m a big fan of Pete Holmes‘ spiritual awkward childlike hyperactive interviews. Noel Gallagher is always entertaining.
But what I really got out of this interview was Noel talking about not ‘trying’ to write a great song, because that attitude paralyses creativity. So when he wrote Don’t Look Back In Anger in a single night he let it sit in a notebook for a year.
And I’m with him on in-ear monitors being a bad thing as it totally separates you from the audience and lets you play in your own little bubble.
Ben Folds is a clever and original songwriter and I’d recommend you download the interview he did with The Nerdist podcast. He has some interesting comments on the old inspiration vs perspiration debate (around the 29:45 mark).
Q: Do you sit down to write or do you have to get struck by [inspiration]?
Ben Folds: I have to get struck by the deadline. I always have songs in my head and I always have things that I’m starting but I find finishing it is really tough. Most of my best stuff was finished on a deadline.
He goes on to say that you can get stuck with partial songs because “you can enjoy the impulse of the song without it being finished,” filling in the gaps in your mind without actually coming up with complete lyrics or sections.
He also plays a few live songs, talks about the album he did with William Shatner and the story behind the song Cigarette. Turns out the whole lyric is a single unaltered sentence from a newspaper report. Amazing.
Fred Jones was worn down From caring for his often Screaming and crying wife During the day but He couldn’t sleep at night for fear that she In a stupor from the drugs that didn’t even Ease the pain would set the house ablaze With a cigarette.