Futility in utility, story in song


Azmyl Yunor

Lyrics to Subterranean Homesick Blues are displayed as part of a Bob Dylan exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery in London in 2018. Certain literary circles protested against him being awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, and what that tells me is, we as a society have not matured when it comes to understanding our ‘voice’. – EPA pic, May 15, 2020.

I’M going to let you in on a secret to songwriting – the words are what matter, not the music.

A love for great literary works, authors or poets is not a prerequisite to be a lover of words. It doesn’t necessarily mean devouring the canonical whole to find great meaning or wisdom within the prose. A love for wit and turns of phrase is a better start. Sometimes, the best and most profound lyrics are out there waiting in others’ conversations. You just need a prying ear.


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