2010-10-31 11:35:30 UTC
with Keith Richards
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GROSS: In describing your approach to songwriting, you talk about vowel
movements - that's vowel with a V, as in A-E-I-O-U.
Mr. RICHARDS: That was with Warren Zevon. That's was, yes, my
conversation with Warren.
GROSS: And explain what a vowel movement is.
Mr. RICHARDS: Well, a vowel - you know what vowels are, right?
Mr. RICHARDS: I mean, there's the ooh's and the ee's and the ahs and the
ahh, you know, without the consonants. And it's where they come
sometimes in a record that will either make or break a record. It was
about choosing the right sound at the right time to put the right ooh or
ahh and whether a word should contain that vowel or not.
Warren Zevon said to me, said, damn it, he says my problem is consonants.
(Soundbite of laughter)