From Les’ blog. I think Tom Waits would be perfect to record this.
Over the years, and I mean going back to when we shared an apartment in our 20’s, Andy and I wrote tons of songs, both on our own and together. Even a few years ago the urge resurfaced and we spent a lot of time working with a synth and drum machine and software to do the arrangements with. But somehow, compared to my photography endeavors, nothing ever happened with the songs.
I had a feeling with photography about how to get it seen, even early on when I first approached galleries. You could take a portfolio and make the rounds. And the photographs, the prints, they were finished products. You didn’t need much imagination to like or dislike them. Whereas in the age of singer/songwriter, it wasn’t that feasible to keep saying, “can you imagine this with so-and-so singing it. ”
Maybe there was a way, but without putting together a band with singers and musicians, you couldn’t just say to people, listen to this song and let them use their imagination in terms of what could be done with a good singer and arranger. So that was the difference.
I think that if I had been able to perform my own music (I never had a pleasing voice, though I guess that didn’t stop some songwriters) but I also couldn’t get up in front of an audience and sing. It was always too scary for me and still would be.
So that’s another difference. As a photographer, you wander around and do your thing, but you aren’t a performer, and you don’t need to produce much more than a bunch of good prints. To make it as a songwriter today — that seems to require more than just an ability to write songs.