Great Quotations: Dierks Bentley


Avoid the generic. The only reason Justin Bieber can get away with a whole chorus that uses only the words baby and ooh is because he’s Justin Bieber. Specificity and originality beats cliché every time. So maybe instead of “I love you, I need you the rest of my life,” go with “I could live without your love — I’d just have to get used to feeling numb the rest of my life.”

– Dierks Bentley, dispensing songwriting tips for dudes (via Esquire)