62. Librettists, Lyricists and Poets

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62. Librettists, Lyricists and Poets

Putting words to music is a skill composers and songwriters address in their Operas, Cantatas, and anything that has a script. What is the process for these artists? Some start with the words, others like David Byrne prefer to start with the music but have switched the order depending on the project. Elton John and Bernie Taupin talked about their process in interviews just after “Your Song” became a hit. Sometimes changing the words even a little to fit the music is not an option, as Paula Kimper put Walt Whitman’s epic poem “Song of Myself’ to music. More in the show notes at https://accelerandocast.com/show_notes/