Do We Need Another Songwriter?

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I mean, hasn’t everything already been said? After all these years, after all the writers, poets, philosophers, thinkers; after all the songwriters who ever existed, is there anything new to say?

Well, maybe not; and maybe so.

One thing I can say is that, even if everything has been said, it sure seems like people want to say it again anyway; but in their own way.

Why say it again? Because we want to. Maybe we need to. Each of us, each generation seems to want to say it in their own way. Sure, maybe Shakespeare already had the same idea as the one you just had, and he had it hundreds of years ago. But when he said it, it came out sounding like, well, like Shakespeare. When YOU say it, it sounds like you.

It seems to me we have an inner desire to speak in our own way (and maybe in our generation’s way). I see this a lot in young people. I felt it very strongly when I was younger and I still feel it now. It’s not really about saying something new, it’s about wanting to say something that feels new to me. It’s not enough to quote our elders, or just do what they tell us to do. We need to live life ourselves and talk about it in our own way. You say it your way because you are you.

It also seems that we understand something a lot better when we experience it ourselves, and figure out how to talk about it in our own words.

You’ve probably heard those trick stories where someone says “our government stinks,” or “kids these days…,” then comes the big surprise: it was written 2000 years ago. Some ancient Roman is complaining, just like your parents might have complained about you. It seems like everything has been said before.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to learn from the wisdom of our elders, learn from their mistakes, and not make the same ones? Well…maybe.

But it doesn’t seem to work that way. We want to live our own lives, make our own mistakes, and talk about it in our own way. I say it in my way, you say it in your way. And that makes it different.

I hope that explains why I feel the need to BE another songwriter; but do you need to HEAR another songwriter? Will you like what I have to say? Only you can answer that. That part is up to you.

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