It's the first of seven videos, so take the time to go through them. In the interview, he briefly describes how he got started in the industry, but the bulk is taken up with him talking in great detail about his songwriting process. I'm delighted to say that it's very similar to how I write songs - though as of yet I haven't written anything as good as Bridge Over Troubled Water. It's very organic, often starting with a simple chord progression and lyrical phrase, and then seeing what images present themselves. The song is allowed to grow in its own way, though occasionally it needs a little pruning (if, say, a rhyme/image/chord change comes up that's just too obvious). I particularly like his comments about keeping the audience interested by avoiding clichés but also making sure they're comfortable and aren't struggling to find, say, a beat they can tap their foot to.
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"The Mel Brooks Story" on Hallmark
Before I move away from the Paul Simon thing, I'd just like to point out something on the Bridge Over Troubled Water album cover.
If you cover Paul Simon's face, it looks like Art Garfunkel is sporting an enormous handlebar moustache. Call me childish, but it never ceases to amuse me.
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