Not every end is a goal. The end of a melody is not its goal; however, if the melody has not reached its end, it would also not have reached its goal. A parable.

Nietzsche. Yeah, I kind of hate to be that Nietzsche-quoting guy, but I read it in Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project this morning and it stuck with me.

It’s the lyric that makes a song a hit, although the tune, of course, is what makes it last.

Irving Berlin. This applies to many things besides songwriting.