Every song, by definition, balances music and lyrics. How well a song works often has to do with how well that balance is struck. On the spectrum of great songwriting, I think of Burt Bacharach and Hal David as being at one extreme. Complicated music, direct lyrics. The simple perfection of David’s lyrics can often […]Read more
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Much has been made of the recent success of Adele – her powerful singing, throwback soulfulness, old school production, emotional directness… All true, but what struck me right away about her songs was the length and legato quality of her melodies – unusual in an era where singing (particularly on strongly rhythmic songs) is more […]Read more
Welcome to a weekly blog I’ll be writing on songwriting- and music-related subjects! I couldn’t think of a better place to start than with Chuck Berry. It’s easy to take him for granted at this point in musical history… but that would be a mistake. Even though a lot of his songs (like Johnny B. […]Read more