Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Janis Ian On Songwriting

“One of the hardest things of all is to start," says Janis Ian who gave us At Seventeen and Society's Child. "Just sitting down and getting over your own intimidations. Every professional songwriter I know — people who do it 100% for their living — is terrified every time they sit down to write. You’re always convinced that your next song is going to be your last, or that it’s going to be your worst, or that you’ll never be able to write anything as good as your hit. It’s a constant terror. I think all artists live in a constant state of terror. And part of our job is to know our own chaos well enough to be able to make sense of it when you can.”

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