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Posted: 17 Jul 10, 12:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here´s Paul saying something about it:

"That came to me in the night. I was just going off to sleep, and there is that place between waking and sleeping that is very creative somehow and very free-flowing -- and that's the place almost where these songs seem to come from. ... I wrote it all down in half-asleep manner with a little torch. I just stuck it on the piano and went back to bed. I woke up the next day, went to the piano and thought, 'What's this?' I had forgotten about it. I had a piece of music I had been working on for a couple of days and it fit exactly to it."

Source: http://www.inlandsocal.com/iguide/music/content/news/stories/PE_News_Local_D_rodgers16.4a8fa9c.html

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Posted: 17 Jul 10, 14:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Some of the best poems I've ever written were created in exactly the same manner. That moment - between the waking world and the universe of dreams... is very fertile ground for creative minds.

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Posted: 17 Jul 10, 15:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it was a crap that song, not actually 'written' but sot it was accidentally shit out to the studio

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Posted: 17 Jul 10, 15:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

andreas_mercury wrote: it was a crap that song, not actually 'written' but sot it was accidentally shit out to the studio
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I think you came out the shitpipe instead of the love tunnel, which probably explains why you're such a gimp.


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Posted: 17 Jul 10, 17:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Further proof of the yawning gap between me and greatness. Other people write poetry, and I just get those big leg twitches.  :p

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Posted: 18 Jul 10, 04:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd guess with a ball-point pen on lined paper.

Paul's notoriously sloppy on unlined paper.

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Posted: 18 Jul 10, 05:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

andreas_mercury wrote:

it was a crap that song, not actually 'written' but sot it was accidentally shit out to the studio


Oh god, again.
Have you EVER written something POSITIVE about ANYTHING ?

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Posted: 18 Jul 10, 10:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

pittrek wrote:

andreas_mercury wrote: it was a crap that song, not actually 'written' but sot it was accidentally shit out to the studio

Oh god, again.
Have you EVER written something POSITIVE about ANYTHING ?

About himself maybe.


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Posted: 18 Jul 10, 11:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, Brian refers to that specific creative moment in his own song Wilderness.

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Posted: 18 Jul 10, 11:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

pittrek and holly = retarted

steven = great funny comment xD

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Posted: 18 Jul 10, 12:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

andreas_mercury wrote: pittrek and holly = retarted

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Does that mean I used to be tarted, then lost my tartedness, then somehow became retarted again?

If so, I feel very relieved. Wouldn't want to be without my tart --  almost as bad as losing my mojo. Would have to be remojoed somehow, possibly by Austin Powers ... hang on a minute! andreas mercury .... austin powers .... could it be? Do I make you horny baby?! 

God, I hope not.


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Posted: 18 Jul 10, 17:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

argQ wrote: Here´s Paul saying something about it:

"That came to me in the night. I was just going off to sleep, and there is that place between waking and sleeping that is very creative somehow and very free-flowing -- and that's the place almost where these songs seem to come from. ... I wrote it all down in half-asleep manner with a little torch. I just stuck it on the piano and went back to bed. I woke up the next day, went to the piano and thought, 'What's this?' I had forgotten about it. I had a piece of music I had been working on for a couple of days and it fit exactly to it."

Source: http://www.inlandsocal.com/iguide/music/content/news/stories/PE_News_Local_D_rodgers16.4a8fa9c.html

Wasnt this how John Lennon wrote the biggest amount of A Day In The Life.

I would think that quite a few Queen songs were possibly written this way.


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Posted: 19 Jul 10, 12:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I saw an interview with Sting once where he says that he actually works on songwriting. Literally. He goes to his office at 9 AM, has lunch and works until 5 PM... I can't imagine what he does exactly, but that was his explanation. In some ways I admire that, but I think part of the magic is lost that way. Being a songwriter is not a profession - it's a calling. Songs are bursting to get out, songwriters only help them along. That's why some of the greatest songs were written (or at least began their life) in that particular moment that Paul describes. 

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Posted: 19 Jul 10, 12:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

sting is okay to say that because he is horrible

sings of a wounded animal like paul stanley

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Posted: 19 Jul 10, 12:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love how because someone doesn't like a song, it must be shit. No one else is allowed to like the song and anyone who does is an idiot. Grow up!

I'm not a fan of "Delilah," but I'd never rob someone else of their enjoyment of it. I don't think any less of people who DO like the song. It's just not for me and is really the only original Queen song (not counting remixes) which I can say that about.

As for dreaming songs, on the Beatles Anthology DVD, Paul McCartney says he dreamed the melody of "Yesterday" and thought it was an old song he'd heard and played it for people trying to figure out where it came from, because he could not believe he was lucky enough to dream something that beautiful. "No one's that lucky!" he said.

Proof that a person can be a genius even in their sleep.

Other dream related songs:

The Prophet's Song = wasn't this based on a dream Brian had?

The Villa Strangiato (by Rush) = based on a dream by guitarist Alex Lifeson.

Also, James Cameron, in a fever-soaked sleep, dreamed of the Terminator rising out of fire and debris. He painted the image the next morning and then went on to write the first movie.

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Posted: 19 Jul 10, 14:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that "She Makes Me" (one of Brian May's most hauntingly beautiful compositions in my humble opinion) was also written in a sleep. 

Also, if you've watched "Classic Albums - A Night at the Opera", there was an explanation about the "strange chords" of "Bohemian Rhapsody". Apparently Freddie had a piano as the headboard of his bed and used to write music when he woke up during the night (a tape recorder conveniently by his bedside). He would stretch his arms backwards and play. That's where the chords come from - he was playing backwards in his sleep! 

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