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Amy Grant

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

I’m harder to please now. Your standard goes up. It’s increasingly harder for me to move myself. And if I can’t be moved by an idea, there’s no chance somebody else is going to be moved. But I don’t feel like it’s my job to pump out songs every week anymore. Now it’s like fishing—I throw that line in the water and wait and wait and wait for a nibble. Once a nibble comes I go, “All right, I’m going to write that song.” I wait on an idea to come, and then I work on that song.

But that creative thing will take you by surprise. You can have an idea of what you want to say and keep it on the back burner for a year, and then all of a sudden you’re noodling on the guitar and sing out a lyric, and a musical line will connect to an idea. That’s like getting a great tug on the line. You go, “Hey, there’s a fish out there!” (Laughs) You just have to be patient.

From Performing Songwriter Issue 114
December 2008

Category: In Their Own Words

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