Under the Hood: Keith Richards on Songwriting

The blues has always been a fundamental part of the Rolling Stones’ sound.  Over the years the Stones have interpreted the music of Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Slim Harpo, Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and so on.  Of course, they have given us countless original classics as well.  Keith Richards shares some insight into how he writes a song.

I hesitate to use the word write them really because I receive them I think. I don’t want to get mystical about it or anything but a lot of songwriters if they ever know will tell you really, you don’t know where it comes from. You sit down at a piano in an empty room, or a guitar, and you play your favorite songs somebody else wrote, you know? Anything that you’re into, that you feel like. And on a good day, after about twenty minutes or so, you’re suddenly playing something new. – Keith Richards