Byrning down the house

image (Couldn’t resist could I?)


This article by David Byrne, initially about collaboration, is one of the best things I’ve read about the whole joy/pain of songwriting in general.

As for collaboration, I’ve often noticed that I feel far more creative when I’ve arranged someone else’s song – Lynsey Hutchinson, Fiona Thom – than when I’m doing my own. And on the rare occasions when I’ve handed something over to a collaborator to arrange – The Desert Was Better (Dave Watson), Hungry Ghosts (Iain McKinna) – I’ve resisted the results at first then accepted them as better than I would have done.  The only true collaboration I’ve done on a song was when Nelson, Lindsay, Fiona, Karen and I made up a track during a day in Arran, and I was despatched to the dining room table to come up with some words and a tune. I loved it. (The result is here.)  Maybe I should get out more!

Album cover with blurred portrait and 'Norman Lamont' 'Breath'

Free covers album

My versions of songs by Bowie, Cohen, Brel, Momus, the Incredible String Band and more