This video is terrible

Seriously. I tried to find a version that didn’t look like something from Minecraft. 

I’m sharing it anyway because what’s important is what Elliott Smith says, or tries to say, about songwriting. The bit at 1:19 was pivotal years ago in teaching me the importance of chord changes. 

Music videos taught us that the guitar solo or the drum break, moments of technical virtuosity, is the pivotal feature of a song. Even as a kid Elliott Smith had the insight to recognize that none of that matters without a strong foundation. 

Also, check out his thoughts at 2:10 about writing by not paying attention.
 

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