Why is songwriting referred to as a ‘craft’ and yet the composing of a sonata, a string quartet, a symphony or even a lied is called an ‘art’? There seems to be some implication that the former is simply a skill but that the latter has more to do with creativity and expression. But surely the greatest songs, the songs that capture the thoughts and emotions that are shared by millions of people, show as much artistry as, for example, any lied by Schubert. A song that’s written from a songwriter’s heart, and not one that’s written simply to make money, expresses not only his/her deepest emotions but also reaches out to listeners across the generations. My favourite song is Burt Bacharach’s ‘Say a Little Prayer’; I never get sick of it and I find it difficult to believe that there’s anyone who doesn’t like it. This song was written in 1967 but remains as vibrant and touching as it ever was.