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Paul Simon On Songwriting: I Know What I Know

Paul Simon talks about his creative process and “So Beautiful or So What” in the current issue of American Songwriter magazine. In the interview Paul explains, “There’s a significant part of writing songs that I have no logical explanation for, it just seems to be something that comes from me. And I sort of recognize it, as opposed to shaping it. Oh, that’s a good idea, that’s a good line. I wonder where I can use that. And when you get into a rhyme group like ‘not,’ you got a lot of rhymes, you got a lot of choices. The more you do it, the luckier you get. All I’ve ever done is write songs and make records. Now it’s been a long time, and I’ve had a lot of experience at it.” Read more at

Paul Simon in American Songwriter