"Do you like bein' a banana? Or getting bored on a train?"
Cohen's creative process was painstakingly slow: most of his texts were in the works for years, sometimes even more than
Last week, as you may recall, we were discussing the worst song of all time, which I claimed is "You're Sixteen," as done by Ringo Starr. Buoyed by your response, I'm going to the musical well one more time.
Johnny Cash was no saint. Neither are most high school students. Few of us grow up to be criminals or folk heroes. Most of us are somewhere in between. We don't need to upend our lives for our causes, but we can nudge ourselves in the direction of righteousness.
She made it three lines in.
"Every time I hear the song I think of him trying to shake off one Freddie and embracing another..."
Ah, what a time to be alive.
My problem is earworms, those insidious tunes that get stuck in your head and repeat themselves over and over and over until you're completely distracted and want to strangle Carly Rae Jepsen, even though you don't have a clue who she is.
Listen to any of the songs on '1989', the new album from Taylor Swift, and you'll notice that Swift doesn't just sing those lyrics - she acts them. There are nuances and inflections that she milks with the precision of an actress.
"I’ll be honest,” he said. “I don’t want to stay up until 4 a.m. anymore at shows, and you can annotate lyrics during the
It's 2014. If you're like me, you've probably heard about all you can of the songs Fancy, Chandelier and anything Pitbull. Don't give up though, there is some exceptionally great stuff out there.
One day I took a picture of my daughter and her first love. She looked so happy in it, like the sun bursting through the clouds. I gave the photo a name. I called it, "This is how you make me feel."
We've all done it before. You're in your car, blasting a song, belting out the lyrics -- or, at least, what you thought were
Actual lyrics: "This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius." With that in mind, here are some famously misheard lyrics that
After about three and a half decades of listening to his music, I saw and heard Billy Joel perform live recently at Fenway Park. Even though it was a stadium show, the sound proved stunningly sharp. His voice was strong and the lyrics quite clear. The audience, however, puzzled me.
Of course there are lessons to be learned from rock music. As a songwriter, I know this and I try to use it to everyone's advantage. After all, the songwriters I'm referencing all went through their own stuff and toiled to put it all to paper in a concise and relatively snappy, relatable fashion.