Steal a little and they call you a thief; Steal a lot and they call you King!
I love listening to music from my past. Music I adored but haven’t heard in years. I always end up hearing things that must have seeped into my subconscious and made their way into my musical process. Little guitar riffs, or chord progressions, or song structures etc… I thought they were mine, but it turns out I lifted them from Tony Mottola, Michael W. Smith, The 5th Dimension, Herman’s Hermits…the list goes on. It’s not that this is a bad thing, everyone does it, even especially the greats. The music that a musician listens to inevitably becomes influence and irreversibly shapes that person.
My number ONE rule for writing music is:
- Don’t Steal.
Number TWO is:
- Okay, steal a little.
Every artist is a cannibal. Every poet is a thief. All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief.