Tony Bennett on what makes a good song

When I asked Tony Bennett what makes for a good song, his reply was short and sweet:

“A good song has to have a perfect melody with good harmony, and very intelligent lyrics,” Bennett says.

But, in his estimation, there aren’t too many of those being written today.

“Most current songs are forgettable. They are hyped by big corporations that say these new songs are better but within 4-5 weeks the songs are completely forgotten,” he says. “Years ago the audience told radio stations what to play and the record companies would service them, but that is not true today.”

For the rest of my interview with Tony Bennett, click here or follow this link:

About genemyers

Gene Myers is a New Jersey poet, music journalist and columnist who learned to walk twice. His weekly column is called The Joy of Life. He was awarded first place in Arts and Entertainment Writing by The New Jersey Press Association.
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