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Arlo Parks talks managing perfectionism in her songwriting process

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Arlo Parks has spoken about how she handles her sense of perfectionism when she’s writing music.The songwriter was speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 about her forthcoming second album, ‘My Soft Machine’, when started talking about her songwriting process and the benefits she gained from letting go of perfectionism.“I think it took me a while to learn patience.

I think especially when it comes to writing, I want it to be perfect now, and I think I had that real sense of frantically searching for the perfect way to say something, the perfect phrasing, the perfect chord,” she said.“But then I actually in this writing process found proof that when you actually leave things alone and allow for them to take the time that they’re going to take, then that’s when the best things come.”Parks also said that her process “is always going to be” an insular one. “I try and cultivate that almost.

I like the idea of feeling like a teenager in my bedroom all the time,” she explained. “I like feeling like I’m away from the world, and then I can craft this little thing that is just for me, at least for now. ‘I can be brave.

I can be myself.’ And that I guess encouraged me to go inwards a lot more radically on this record rather than speaking about characters and people outside of me.

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