Richard Marx on the Songwriting Process and Creation of His Song "Hazard" - podcast

Songwriters approach their writing in two main ways: some write the lyrics first and then put music to what they have written. Others write the music first and let the melody help drive the lyrics and tell the story. Chart-topping, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Richard Marx has always practiced the latter approach, as do many other well-known songwriters. The music for one of Marx's best known songs, "Hazard,"  came to him in the middle of the night as he slept. He woke up with the complete melody in his head and knew it wasn't a love song or party song. It was dark and cinematic, so Marx decided to try to write the lyrics as a murder mystery. While he sometimes doubted his idea because it didn't fit with anything he was doing or with what was popular on the radio at the time, it became a #1 song in 14 countries and still resonates with people 26 years later.

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