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Songwriters Block

September 22, 2008

Yes, I know, Rob Thomas is kinda a douche. But watch the video anyway.

He does have some insightful things to say about songwriting.

What struck me was at the very end of the interview, Rob states that he doesn’t know how to do anything else but music. This relates to Hoover’s Dave Matthews post from a couple of days ago, about sacrifice and risk. It seems to be that to “make it” you’ve got to be willing to risk it all.

Lyrics Baby, Lyrics.

Voyno

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  1. Bob permalink
    September 22, 2008 7:34 pm

    I don’t think Thomas is a douche bag at all, but probably one of the best American songwriters we’ve had in a long time. Trouble is, most people just hear the songs the label wants released to radio. Someone once asked him for advice on how to be a songwriter and he said something like if you have to ask you ain’t one, that he and most songwriters that he knows write because they have to.

    From what I understand he had a pretty rough life growing up, literally living on the streets, busted for robbery and a few other crimes, and other troubles. Hell, he probably has more street cred than half the heavy rockers or rappers out there, but everyone thinks he’s this middle-of-road, white bread dude. Far from it, apparently. As he said in “Something to Be”, “my pain is a platinum stack.” And he has often said if hadn’t found music as an outlet he’d probably be in prison, certainly in therapy. I think it’s his need to connect that makes him such a good songwriter. Thanks for the link to the video.

  2. September 23, 2008 2:00 am

    Thanks for the post Bob,

    I’m sure Voyno wasn’t aware of his history when he posted that.
    Loving the feedback.

    Hoover

    The New Rockstar Philosophy

  3. September 23, 2008 6:56 pm

    I agree that he is a great songwriter (Smooth, his collaboration with Santana – is unreal, overplayed, but still unreal).
    But what always struck me when listening to Matchbox 20 (when i was a teenager) was that it always ALMOST there.
    Either the production, or the feel of the song, or something, never quite jived with me.

    I’ll take another look at his material. Maybe its time to give him another chance.

    Voyno.
    The New Rockstar Philosophy

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