Brill building, George Stroumboulopoulos, Neil Sedaka, songwriter, songwriting

Neil Sedaka – 50 years of Songwriting

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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.

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