The Argotist Online
Meriel Malone writes and performs experimental music, as well as collaborating with a range of musicians. She applies her knowledge of Infrasound to create and perform complex and entertaining pieces. She is also a songwriter who mixes songwriting with spoken word, using her experience as a band front woman to deliver edgy, witty neo-poetry and music to audiences spanning everyone from politicians to punks.
Do you think of your lyrics as poetry?
Yes I do. I don't believe in lazy writing. Poetry and lyrics both need
structure and balance to be of solid form.
Do you think it is important that songs rhyme and if so why?
Sometimes it is great for a line not to rhyme in a song, as it protrudes and so
pricks the listener's ears up, back into the consciousness of the song.
Do you think song lyrics must conform to recognised song structures such as
clear rhyming schemes, choruses, refrains, hooks and bridges or that songs can
also be like free verse?
I do appreciate structure, although I have always been alarmed at the idea of
anything marshalling my style, as I fear the potential loss of being stuck in
one's ways, restricting the flow of my work.
When you read poetry in school or elsewhere did you recognize any connection to
the music you enjoyed?
I was raised in a household where Holst’s The Planets was being
played in one room and punk music was in another. The classical music gave me
spatial awareness of where to form lyrics while
punk ranted over my shoulder.
Was there anything about poetry in books that influenced your songwriting?
When I read ‘The Trees’ by Philip Larkin, I was struck by how condensed and to the point his rhyming is. I also found it interesting that, to me personally, when Pulp released a song of the same title, Jarvis Cocker's lyrics seemed to hold a similar pattern. I suppose that reading and listening to other
artists inspires me to translate their work and absorb this on a personal level, which is a beautiful thing about people’s art.
Why do you think songs are more popular with people than poetry is?
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