It’s fun to teach, fun to rewind the tapes of your mind to a place before you knew whatever you think you now know and from there to try and organize methods to offer other people experiences in entering the water and swimming or just floating and being wet.
Next month I start teaching a course at Centennial College in songwriting and part of what I am organizing is a discussion about lyrics and why somethings are interesting and somethings cliche. These days often in the back of my mind is making lists of songs to detail style, structure, lyrics, rhythm etc. Predictable lyrics disappoint me. When we consume so many songs it is an extra thrill when a song has cohesion to it’s story but surprises us with the way it unfolds.
So I was driving and on the radio came side two of Abbey Road and coincidentally the best speakers currently in my life happen to be in my car and it’s alwatys a thrill to hear the 2cnd half of the Beatles catalogue loudly so I complied and soon realized my absolute most favourite moment lyrically is when McCartney adds “And so I quit the police department.” What a beautiful fulfilling rush.