A fish without a bicycle

A recent situation has me defending the value of lyrics in a song, and thus the value of my work. Which sucks, and is part of the reason for yesterday’s stony day. It makes me want to hoard my precious words and not share them with anyone.

So my friend Ali sent me this quote from the movie Words and Lyrics, which sums it up quite nicely. Because in the end, a song without lyrics is just pretty music. Like a fish without a bicycle.

Alex Fletcher: It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just spit it out. They’re just lyrics.
Sophie Fisher: “Just lyrics”?
Alex Fletcher: Lyrics are important. They’re just not as important as melody.
Sophie Fisher: I really don’t think you get it…A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex…But then, as you get to know the person, that’s the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It’s the combination of the two that makes it magical.

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4 Responses to A fish without a bicycle

  1. Richard says:

    I have found that, most times, defending the value of what you do is heading toward an audience that has made up its mind and no amount of defense will sway. At which point I drop the topic knowing full well that my energies will be better spent on something positive. Remember – what seems to be coming at you……………

  2. Beth says:

    Wise words yet again, Mr. B. Thanks for the reminder!!

  3. Julie in Texas says:

    Lyrics are poetry put to music. We are animals that communicate with words, and so they are important and relevant to most of us, whether as prose, poetry, lyric, whispered sweet nothings, or speeches. Of course, there are always a few that never will understand this. Just like everything else that always has its nay-sayers. Richard is right.

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