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Sunday morning #creativity lessons from The Velvet Underground’s ‘Sunday Morning’

June 4, 2017

I Wanna Be Creative!

Yes, it’s the dawning of a Sunday morning and I’m thinking about and writing about The Velvet Underground’s song “Sunday Morning” – the first cut on their first album released 50 years ago this year (2017).

velvet u sunday morning

Here are my early morning reflections on why this is such a good song and how songwriters can learn from it and borrow from it.

  1. It’s so distinctive –  because of the pretty celesta sound. According to my research here just happened to be a celesta in the studio where they recorded the cut and in their ‘experimental way’ the band decided to add the unusual instrument.
  2. The contrast between the ‘pretty’ celesta and the lyrics of ugly regret of wasted years.
  3. giving the listener space to draw their own conclusion and paint their own picture.

The way I hear and interpret the song it is:

The peaceful dawning of the Sunday morning to…

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