PK’s questions

April 29, 2007

In response to a recent Joni post, PK commented by asking some very important questions. I don’t pretend to have the answers, but will individually tackle them later this week. So that you can think about them, here they are. (PK is the proprietor of the fab blog LOOSE POODLE.)

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1) What IS the difference between “song writing” and “composing”? Are they the same act to be lumped together as one?

2) (related) How does the writing of text (not often associated with “composers”) change the process, and as can be asked about the visuals in film music, does the text dominate the music?

3) Why do so many artists have periods of such great and simple strength (so often in youth) that diffuses in later years (although the theoretical constructs may become greater)? Not a great question for those of us north of the mid-point, but interesting never the less.

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