Wonderful little interview below. I should tag all of the “related to writing music” posts, but it feels unimaginably bizarre to tag DDY, Steve Perry, Neil Sedaka, and my meager efforts similarly.
Interesting also to see the differences and similarities between the men listed above as well. DDY starts with song first, then lyric as he stated. Sedaka appears to start with a general chord progression, and Perry appears to be the odd one out in that he begins with a very particular emotional message he wants or needs to get across and seems to develop music and lyrics both to support it. And here’s an interesting interview with Carly Simon, another songwriter known for her very thinky music. Among all the others already mentioned, her approach seems to have a similar “feel” to it as Perry’s.