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101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them by Pete Luboff, Pat Luboff

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WHY BOTHER?

Make sure each song will motivate an artist to sing its message

One of our favorite possessions is an R. Crumb adult comic book entitled Despair. On the cover, the husband stares out the window and says to the wife, who sits rigidly in a chair staring off in the opposite direction, “See if there’s anything good on …” In the balloon over her head is her reply, “Why bother?”

This scene never fails to amuse us. We’ve been there, in the doldrums of existence, where even television offers no hope. This is real-life pain, the stuff that makes for the best laughs. So even though the punch line is “Why bother?” there’s a very sharp point being made by this image.

Why bother to write songs? Even though we love it and it’s mostly great ...

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