Sep 17 2023
Episode 136 - Songwriting and Interpretation with Andy Pritchard
One of the most beautiful things about music is how it’s interpreted in many different ways. From an artist’s inspiration for a song to the meaning listeners find through the lyrics and musical elements, music has the power to evoke emotion, create deep understanding, and widen perspectives. I’m honored to share a fantastic conversation with Andy Pritchard about songwriting and interpretation.
The quote for this episode is by Riff Raff: “There’s no right or wrong answer in an interpretation. It’s all in the person who’s interpreting, and how you feel about something.” During our conversation, Andy and I chat about giving listeners the chance to interpret our music, interpretations being unique based on someone’s personal life experiences, writing from a place of authenticity and genuine emotion, exploring the artist’s intent and inspiration for their songs, respecting the songwriter’s and listeners’ interpretations, writing poetic lyrics, choosing whether to make lyrics more direct or poetic and metaphorical, making sure every lyric matters because each has the potential to pull in a listener, the idea that what isn’t said says much more than what is said, the musical elements of a song opening the door for interpretation, creating a meaningful combination of lyrics and music with emotional resonance, evoking emotion through the song’s instrumentation, and much more. We also chat about Andy’s song, “Silence of Your Love,” and my song, “Halfway Outta This Town,” through the lens of interpretation. I truly loved having Andy on the show for such a wonderful conversation, so I hope it opens your ears and heart to songwriting and interpretation.
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