stephen merritt, i would like to buy you a drink

February 9, 2010

AVC: But what do you think makes drinking songs compatible with love songs?

SM: I write songs by sitting around in bars, so drinking songs are a little obvious. It’s surprising that I don’t write entirely drinking songs, since I am, in fact, drinking while writing the song. Drinking and love are the two principal sources of pleasure outside of music. There’s only so many sources of pleasure, really. That’s about it. Well, there are other arts as well. 



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