Will Oldham, musician, actor, guy-who-takes-his-craft-extremely-seriously:
People are constantly contacting me saying, â€œIâ€™ve been editing my movie, and Iâ€™ve been using your song in the editing process. What would it take to license the song?â€ And for me itâ€™s like, â€œRegardless of what youâ€™ve been doing, my song doesnâ€™t belong in your movie.â€ [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 â€” the professional’s or the amateur’s â€” do you think will override the other’s?