Thomas Dolby has some interesting thoughts to share on songwriting in a recent interview:
Since I have returned to music, I am focused on the essence of the song, not the frills. I have no desire to wow the audience with my production technique. There’s plenty of that out there.
But there’s a dearth of real songwriting talent, lyrics and structure and storytelling, and that’s something I actually do rather well.
When I look back at the first chapter of my career I certainly touched the largest number of people with my quirky synthpop persona, as in She Blinded Me With Science and Hyperactive.
But I touched people the most deeply with my more intimate, atmospheric stuff, like Screen Kiss and I Love You Goodbye. Those are the songs that people kept listening to over the years I was away.
Whereas the more poppy stuff has been supplanted and overwritten a thousand times.
Now I have little patience. And I have no record company to demand I keep feeding them pop fluff.
So I’m not going to waste any time, I’m just getting to the heart of the matter.
Thoughtful comments – though we do still really like his quirky synthpop persona work.