you’re a musician or not, one can assume the amount of time and effort it takes
to craft a song for the ages.
From the initial inspiration, be it a lyric,
melody or other, to the mixing down those final notes, songwriting is a
continuous process, albeit an arduous one. It is understood that the first
incarnation of a song often differs drastically from the final product as
various tweaks and changes are made not just by the songwriter, but also by
accompanying musicians, the producer and so on.
That being said, what
if they had it right the first time? What if these songs, as heard on their
respective albums, felt lacking by comparison to earlier renditions?
the flip side, what if, after toiling away creating this masterwork, you’re
encouraged to cut the runtime to make it more suitable for radio (and other
commercial outlets) for fear you’ll lose the attention of your audience. You know, to shiny
objects, squirrels or cute cat pictures...