If These Walls Could Talk...

Wayne Cook

Joined August 2008

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Walls don’t have to be plaster and board. They can be and are most often the figurative of the mind, the heart, the soul. Walls are the metaphor for echoing the past, the happy or sad voices of our history.

Jimmy Webb once penned a song with this title, relating the stories of the people who had passed through a house, the mother with her first born, the alcoholic with his bottle, the couple making love, the children in their laughter, the elderly living out their declining years. That song is like the biography of the brick and morter that begin, close in, and eventually protect or imprison the people within the plaster echoes…..

Most people think that songwriting is a 10 minute process, whereby you pen 32 lines of poetry, paper clip a title, and play a few chords. Voila! Music, A hit!.

My god, the pain that I’ve been through to write some of my lyrics! Most are done in the still of the night, and with tortured words, knifing through my soul, lines applied to paper or computer, wracked out of my burning thoughts, the things that you hear and read. Being married to a songwriter often means sharing that excoriation of spirit, albeit quietly most days, because you don’t want to hurt they ones you love. The same heart that pens a painful love song, can pen “Sweetheart, you are my best friend and I will cherish you forever”.

Why do we do it? Why indeed….I remember reading about Van Gogh and his gift of his bloody ear to his woman….god what a horrible thing, but his mind was so emasculated by the craft he had chosen, it was driving him to severe depression.

I’ve never been in severe depression, thank God, but I seriously ponder whether to publish those pieces, lest I hurt someone I’ve included in my song….

Why would i exact such punishment on myself and possibly others? God forbid I ever hurt anyone!! Every songwriter, including the woman in this picture, has experienced the same emotions…and if you listen to music about the relationships broken, renewed, lost, affairs, stolen…they are all out of people’s lives. That’s the soul of a songwriter. Oh, by the way, I have great fans, I haven’t made a penny! I do it because I love it. I love touching people with my music.

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