Elvis Costello on Songcraft – Episode 153

Elvis Costello on Songcraft – Episode 153

Elvis Costello, a 14-time Grammy nominee, Songwriters Hall of Famer, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, ASCAP Founder’s Award winner, and one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time joins us to talk about his muti-faceted songwriting career and the creation of his new album, Hey Clockface.

Scott and Paul talk about their friends at Pearl Snap Studios and pinch themselves over having the opportunity to talk with Elvis Costello.

Elvis Costello discusses his new album Hey Clockface and talks about the record that set him on his musical journey; why he still likes writing in a notebook; the reason he resists the urge to go to an instrument too soon when he gets a melodic idea; the songwriting question he asked Bob Dylan; why he thinks he’s missed out on some cover songs; how he knows when a song is finished; the track on his new album that represents a songwriting “first” for him; his experiences in the studio with a gun-toting producer; and what he learned about the marriage of lyrics and melody from his co-writing relationships with Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach.

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