Alec Nevala-Lee

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Archive for May 19th, 2013

Writing on the sidewalk

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Rufus Wainwright

Yes, I write on piano and guitar, and I also sometimes write on the sidewalk…when I’m walking around on the street, without an instrument even. I think one of the major tactics of songwriting is dementia. And confusion. And unconsciousness. One of the best ways to get in touch with that is to walk around the streets of New York…

I think any songwriter, really, is basically a thermometer that’s taking the temperature of society. Great songs are essentially already written. You just have to discover them—and be open to them, [which] requires action in life. It requires participating in life.

Rufus Wainwright

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May 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

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