There Are More Phrases Than Songwriters – Theologian, Keith Richards!
I am reading Keith Richards book, LIFE and came across on page 183 the following and I changed a couple of the words to be family friendly:
And because you’ve been playing every day, sometimes two or three shows a day, ideas are flowing. One thing feeds another. You might be having a swim with someone, be with someone and somewhere in the back of your mind, you’re thinking about this chord sequence or something related to a song. No matter what is going on!
You might be getting shot at, and you’ll still be “Oh! That’s the bridge!”. And there’s nothing you can do, you don’t realize it is happening. It’s totally subconscious, unconscious or whatever. The radar is on whether you know it or not. You cannot switch it off. You hear this conversation from across the room, “I just can’t stand you anymore”… That’s a song. It just flows in.
The other things about being a songwriter, when you realize you are one, is that to provide ammo, you start to become an observer, you start to distance yourself. You’re constantly on alert. That faculty gets trained in you over the years, observing people, how they react to one another. Which in a way, makes you weirdly distant.
You shouldn’t really be doing it. It’s a little of Peeping Tom to be a songwriter. You start looking around and everything’s a subject for a song. The banal phrase, which is the one that makes it. And you can say, I can’t believe nobody hooked up on that one before!
Luckily there are more phrases than songwriters just about!