A thread that runs through all of us. A stab to the heart.

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In a way you want to stretch yourself into other people’s hearts. You want to plant yourself there, or at least get a resonance, where other people become a bigger instrument than the one you’re playing. It becomes almost an obsession to touch other people.

To write a song that is remembered and taken to heart is a connection, a touching of bases. A thread that runs through all of us. A stab to the heart. Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack.

And you listen to some of that meticulous Mozart stuff and Vivaldi and you realize that they knew that too. They knew when to leave one note just hanging up there where it illegally belongs and let it dangle in the wind and turn a dead body into a living beauty.

~ Keith Richards, Life


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  1. We do indeed want to touch other people. We want to be heard. We want to write something that makes another say, “I wish I’d written that.”

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  2. “… or at least get a resonance, where other people become a bigger instrument than the one you’re playing.”

    So love this.

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  3. well said Keith. exactly.

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  4. life is all about connections from heart to heart.

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  5. Ah Keith – you’ve got me…

    Like

  6. When you manage to create something — a written word, a passage of music, a piece of art — that draws another into the moment, strikes a chord, creates a shared experience, elicits an ‘Ahhh yes!’, it’s magical, no two ways about it….

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  7. Nan Morrissette says:

    Thanks, David. Beautiful quote from one of my favorite people.

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  8. I would never have guessed this of Keith Richards. I’m still bamboozled way down here at the end of the comments.

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