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Songs vs Poems

2015 April 15
by Mike Vial

One way songs are different than poems is the amount of energy one can devote to the work in one sitting.

Jane Kenyon told Bill Moyers that she could work on a poem for about two or three hours before having to stop: “Writing poems is spilling your guts, and you can’t sustain that over hours.”

But writing songs are different; music refuels itself.

I can work on a song for eight to ten hours straight, playing the melody and chords and rhythm over and over again as I consider the draft.

Each art requires a rhythm, and knowing when to take a break.

*Language of Life, Bill Moyers



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