Ryan David Orr

The art and hazards of impressionist storytelling


I am often told by other songwriters, many of whom are industry professionals that work with big names on big songs, that I put too much in my songs. Not that the songs are bad or the music needs to change, not that I am not a good writer, just that there is too much. One songwriter I received a critique from noted that within the one song I had asked his opinion on, I had inserted verses that could have been their own songs. To paraphrase him, I was giving the listener too much to think about.

I can understand this point of view. Even John Lennon, decades before I picked up an instrument, made the assertion that

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