My Songwriter’s Vow to the Muse

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Before the Muse and all who love her, I hereby solemnly declare that I willl never compromise my art in any way:

* I will never write to someone else’s “formula” or another’s “recipe” for what constitutes “a great song”

* I will never write solely in order to gain popularity

* I will only sing from my heart what my heart cannot keep to itself

* I will never set out to write a “hit”, knowing well that mostpeople cannot distinguish a song from the heart from a turd in the street

* I will never shorten my songs so they conform to a “soundbite” mentality and become less than what I have to say. I will trust in the Muse and her lovers to show me how not to be unnecessarily verbose and how to avoid gratuitousness in song

* I will never follow the direction of the prevailing wind

* I will forever believe in the unshaken, unquenched, unmitigated, unadulterated, bubbled-up, volcanic cry from the individual heart as the essence of the song

* I will learn from others but I will never be a clone or protégé

* I will only listen to the advice of those who themselves have vowed before the Muse never to compromise their art and never to be blown by the winds of popularity

I swear all this before the Muse today. May she desert me forever if I compromise one iota.

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