December 14, 2015
The Songwriting School of Los Angeles was honored to welcome Grammy & Oscar Nominated Stephen Bishop to Songwriters on Songwriting, LIVE - Interviews by Paul Zollo. Bishop is no stranger to a great song, having penned and/or recorded smash hits like "On and On," "Separate Lives," and "It Might Be You (theme from Tootsie)."
He is also no stranger to The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, having taken THE ROOTS songwriting class nearly six years ago. That experience was detailed in a 2010 issue of Mix magazine. His example of passion and persistence, his humble devotion to being a student of his art, and his creative excellence as writer and artist made the interview and performance particularly memorable.
On this rainy Sunday night in December, "Bish" played some of his hits and some of his outtakes, a desert island song he did not write, and a studio track of his own with an all-star band: Phil Collins on drums, Sting on bass, Eric Clapton on guitar. We heard the voice of Art Garfunkel singing one of his songs, and the sound of John Belushi wrenching the guitar from his hands and smashing it in the movie Animal House. In this inspiring, entertaining conversation, he pulled back the curtain on a writing process that has yielded some of the great songs of the past few decades.
Paul Zollo's interview with Stephen Bishop is shown below, in its entirety.