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Nick Cave about songwriting


The big problem with songwriting for me is starting a new song. It’s the thing where all the anguish exists, not in the writing of the song, but the starting of the new song.

Nick Cave about songwriting


The idea of songwriting is a transformative thing, and what I do with songwriting is take situations that are quite ordinary and transform them in some way. Apart from things like the murder ballads, the songs I write, at their core, are quite ordinary human concerns, but the process of writing about them transforms them into something else.

Nick Cave about songwriting


Writing is a necessary thing for me, just to keep myself level. It has beneficial effects on my life.

Nick Cave about songwriting and self criticism


When you’re on your own, you have all the self-censorship that everybody has when they try and write. All the little voices that say, ‘No, you can’t write that, what will they think of that?’

Nick Cave about songwriting


There’s an element to songwriting that I can’t explain, that comes from somewhere else. I can’t explain that dividing line between nothing and something that happens within a song, where you have absolutely nothing, and then suddenly you have something. It’s like the origin of the universe.