Will Oldham, musician, actor, guy-who-takes-his-craft-extremely-seriously:
People are constantly contacting me saying, “I’ve been editing my movie, and I’ve been using your song in the editing process. What would it take to license the song?” And for me it’s like, “Regardless of what you’ve been doing, my song doesn’t belong in your movie.” [emph. mine]
A good song is a fully articulated capsule of theme and story. So is a good movie. What are the odds that the songwriter’s fully articulated capsule of theme and story aligns exactly with yours? In the event that they don’t align, whose theme/story – the professional’s or the amateur’s – do you think will override the other’s?