A wonderful post by Rosanne Cash on her recent songwriting collaboration with Joe Henry.
I've thought a lot about music in my 48 years, but not a lot about the songwriting process. It would be fascinating to read a book (maybe one has already been written; if so, I haven't read it) in which famous artists write about how they come up with their songs. In particular, some that I'd love to read about are:
Bacharach & David
John & Taupin
Becker & Fagen
Jagger & Richards
Where does the inspiration come from? What comes first - the lyrics, or the music? How do the famous teams work together?
In other words, all of the little mysterious things that lead to magic.