Alec Nevala-Lee

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[Songwriting] has something to do with expectancy. A well-known tune sets up a challenge. There’s a template. Now, can he do it? The trick is to avoid what the listener has provisionally guessed. You have to satisfy the task but avoid predictability. That’s what is creative—the surprise.

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April 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

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