“If there’s ever a problem, I film it and it’s no longer a problem. It’s a film.” -Andy Warhol
A song is no different. Process and package a problem, and it becomes a bear in a trap. We can’t beat chaos, but we can control our reaction to it. Bob Dylan couldn’t prevent war, but he showed it was as natural as rain. Warren Zevon couldn’t stop love, but he explained why it was unmanageable. Songwriters frame ideas as painters do. And the canvas can’t overflow the frame.
We make galleries of our homes. And our homes are our lives.
Our lives are opportunities to make sense of the world — for ourselves and for others.
As Pete Townshend put it: “A-G-D.” Sometimes it’s that simple.