I’ve been enjoying a wonderful little book called Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. In the book, Kleon points out that no work of art is truly original; all great artists are referencing those who have come before.
As I was reading, every page made me think about my own songwriting process. My next thought was: I really want to share this with YOU.
Stealing like a songwriter means…
Suggesting that someone “steal” sounds pretty awful. But no one here is suggesting that you actually crib someone else’s test answers or intellectual property.
I’m also NOT suggesting that you be anything less than your creative, authentic, wonderful Self. David Bowie used to refer to himself as a “a tasteful thief” and in an interview with Cameron Crowe he boasted, “The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.” I don’t think anyone could call David Bowie unoriginal. Continue reading “Steal Like a Songwriter”