How is it possible to know what your best songs are?

Added on Sunday 5 Feb 2012

For no reason I can think of - advice that I was given when I was 17 popped into my head. Which was, that you should only ever record your best songs.

How is it possible to know what your best songs are? When they are not necessarily; your own favourites; the most musically accomplished; the one's with the best arrangement or the best perfomance or best recording?

How do you know what your best songs are when some work better live and some work better recorded, those that people seem to like most are those you like least and those that are so simple you are embarassed by them seem to be the one's that people want to hear?

How do you know what your best songs are when you've been writing songs for thirty years but can only remember the one's you've written in the last year; and when your critical faculties are shackled by your own taste, prejudices and formative musical influences?

How do you know what your best songs are? No bloody idea. Not now - and I suspect - not back then.

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