Every song is made up of lyrics and accompanying music – that’s a fact. But the ‘to read or not to read’ music is a question that will never go away, especially between those who do and those who don’t. Jimmy Webb can, John Lennon couldn’t and I don’t need to go further with this idea. The fact is, some people can hear melody and play it, and some can hear melody and write it down, but ultimately there is no right and wrong – though some might add it’s a good job Andrew Lloyd Webber could transcribe the music for Tim Rice’s lyrics. I once heard them ‘sing’ an early song composition on UK television (the Michael Parkinson show, I think): Tim Rice is no Elaine Paige.
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