It’s a weird situation to be in, this songwriter vocation that chose me. I started doing this shortly after seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I liked that they could do it, learned their chords, moved them around and tried writing my own. I wasn’t the Beatles. It was okay, I liked what I wrote, too.
Various times in my existence, I’ve been a musician, too, which seems to work somewhat better than songwriting as an income source for supporting a family. Often, like now, I become a retail guy since I can interact with people pretty easily. Writing stays in the back pocket, like a magnifying glass you can pull out when you need to look at small business.
Most songs I write are on guitar. The first one here, “Oh My”, was written that way. But I think at this club, I’m going to try to do more on piano, like “Don’t Ever Leave”.
I just busted through a long writer’s block and am hoping this place can be therapeutic in that regard. Maybe a deadline is all that I need.
See you next month.
Songs that move mountains:
The Dark End of the Street by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham
You Don’t Know Me by Cindy Walker and Eddy Arnold
I Am the Cosmos by Chris Bell
On Obsession by Peter Blegvad
God Only Knows by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher
Do Ya by Jeff Lynne
Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now) by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler
Who Will Sing for Me by Carter Stanley
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
All the Young Dudes by David Bowie
Songs that move grains of sand:
Twilight by Elliott Smith
The Kiss by Judee Sill
Pink Moon by Nick Drake
I Will by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell