I think it is your job as an artist to be able to hear a song.
A song is a lot of things. But, first of all, a song is the voice of its time. Setting words to music gives them weight, makes then somehow easier to say, and it helps them to be remembered.
I've got CDs in my car, listening all the time for that next song, because everybody's looking.
You can't try and make something you think someone else will like. You can only make what you like. How can you make a song that Yo-Landi Visser likes? You don't know me. You'll never understand me.
Every song I've written is luck, I think; it's luck - 'How did that just happen?'
I didn't choose a word or anything. I just wrote the song until it stopped.
I remember seeing the song in some diners on the selection gadget that plays records at the table while you were eating. We were never told if the songs ever got on any charts.
Music isn't like news, where it's what happened five minutes ago or even 10 seconds ago that matters. With music, a song from the 1960s could be as relevant to someone today as the latest Ke$ha song.
I always have to be thinking about who's going to be singing this song, what the context is. I don't sit around just writing in a vacuum, ever.
I used to not be really honest with girls and then I dropped a song called 'Starry Room' and then I started turning over a new leaf.
Sometimes a good love song can change the world and create positive energy more than any political song can.
My songs aren't bubble gum pop dance songs and I don't have background dancers on every single song.