I’m a great believer in minimalism. I don’t think there’s any point in forcing yourself to cram things into your songs that aren’t absolutely required. In fact, I routinely slash things out of my songs in order to make them simpler. But I wasn’t always like that.

A lot of songwriters (and I used to be one of them) are afraid to write really simple songs. I think it is in part a desire to be original and clever (“Wow, that’s a lot of chords in one song!”), and in part fear of being exposed. You see, a really complex soup of notes and chords is a really good hiding place. Whereas if you go out there just strumming G and C, it’s all you and the passion and emotion you’ve put in the song. It took me years to muster up the courage to accept that my songs wanted to be really simple.

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