Wanted to share this great interview with Paul Simon where he offers insight into his own creative process and how a song shapes itself while he's writing it. It all starts with a melody...
A few years ago, I came across a documentary by Classic Albums where Simon discussed the making of Graceland. If you like the above interview and would like to hear the conversation continue, watch Classic Albums: Graceland. I initially saw it on Netflix streaming, but the entire Classic Albums series is now on Quello.
Posted by Darren Ingram at November 05, 2020
If you go online and look up “Bad Metaphors or Similes,” here are a few examples you’re likely to find:
The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon.
He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.
What makes these so comically terrible? For one, they each violate the blueprint of a good joke: recognizable set up, a moment of tension, then a hard right turn. With the examples above, the turn, rather than being poetic or descriptive, is blunt and obvious- a U-Turn.