The legendary Neil Sedaka was recently interviewed on George Stroumboulopoulos’s late night show on the CBC. Neil is one of the top songwriter of all times and had a few bits of advice for budding songwriters.
On the legendary Brill building work environment:
- Every songwriter had a little cubicle with a piano and no window.
- If you wrote a hit, you were promoted to an office with a window.
- ”We were New York teenagers writing for the teenager market.”
On the essence of a great song:
- The marriage of words and music.
- The sentiment appealing to people. They’d say “Oh, that’s my story”.
- The fact that you can ear it over and over, never getting tired of it.
- Be inspired by great writers.
George Stroumboulopoulos is probably one of the best entertainment interviewer around. He is always prepared and knows his music history. This is very rare indeed.