But mostly, I wrote songs and Viv wrote songs.
I think I had actually served my apprenticeship as a writer of fiction by writing all those songs. I had already been through phases of autobiographical or experimental stuff.
If you look at my last songs and first short stories, there is a real connection between them.
So we used to look for funny songs, and learn them and play them. And we used to play them in pubs.
He's written some great songs. I thought that "Blues Man" was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute.
I could have done a hundred songs, really. It was hard to narrow them down, because I tried to pick songs for the most part that actually did have some effect on me or influenced me in the past.
Probably some of the songs I never even really listened to the lyrics. Half of them I'd hear off the radio and was probably singing the wrong words and didn't even know it.
My songs are the reflection of how I think and how I feel in that moment. But I'm conscious of the fact that artists have a responsibility before the masses and they have to take care with their words.
Writing in English was a major challenge. I didn't want other songwriters to write for me. I wanted to preserve the spirit of my songs in Spanish. I am the same Shakira in English as I am in Spanish.
Writing songs has a therapeutic effect, and it either kills off love or wins the heart of the lover.
A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano.
I wrote songs all my life, where anyone wanted to hear them or not.
I don't know too many people because I stay at my house, I write songs, I go to the store.
I had 25 or 30 songs. Sequencing the record, I left that to the producer. I'm not into doing that stuff.
I tend to think of all the songs the same - I give them all kind of equal rights.
And we just went with Julie because that name hadn't been used in any other popular songs at the time.
When I was about 3, my grandfather used to give me and my sister a nickel to sit out on the front porch with him and sing songs.
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
We look before and after, And pine for what is not; Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
I think some people record songs and make records a certain way to cater to radio. If you're born to make commercial music that's cool. But if you're born to not make commercial records, maybe you're meant to cater to another market.
When the bus or the plane rolled or flew through the night, they sang songs of their own composition about Mr Nixon and the Republicans in chorus with the Kennedy staff and felt that they, too, were marching like soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier.
We teach young kids from 8 to 14 or 15 about their musical heritage through great songs written by American songwriters. We don't do too many modern composers, although we include songs from Billy Joel and other writers like him.
When I first started to get into writing, it was via music. I'd generate ideas for songs that would turn into stories, then they'd turn into novels. I was biased toward music.
I feel a lot more comfortable being me these days. I'm constantly told that my work is good. A lot of fans and a lot of other artists say my songs and albums mean a lot to them. Isn't that what's important?
Some of their best songs don't have bridges and choruses. So that made me think I should trust my instincts. My songs were okay, I figured. I didn't need to change anything.