Alec Nevala-Lee

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Paul Simon on the usefulness of clichés

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So when I begin, I usually improvise a melody and sing words—and often those words are just clichés. If it is an old songwriting cliché, most of the time I throw it away, but sometimes I keep it, because they’re nice to have. They’re familiar. They’re like a breather for the listener. You can stop wondering or thinking for a little while and just float along with the music.

Paul Simon, to The Atlantic

Written by nevalalee

October 8, 2011 at 8:17 am

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