It’s been a long and rainy Sunday so listening to tonight’s episode of the Strombo Show curled up in my big chair seems even more cozy than usual. The weekend’s gone by too fast as always and the work week lurks around the corner – UGH! At least we have Battle of the Blades and the Strombo Show to look forward to on Sunday nights!
Songwriters write songs to convey a message to their listeners, the melody tagging along to set the mood and the tone. The true masters are those that can marry the two. How many times have we listened mindlessly to a song without really listening to the lyrics? Yet when we finally take the time to listen to the lyrics, we are blown away. Try it sometime – you might be amazed at what you hear.
Bob Mackowycz and George put forward a list of their favourite songwriters. Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Gil Scott Heron and of course Bob Dylan. I have a few names that I would like to add to this list however. Here they are in random order:
1. Neil Young
2. Eddie Vedder
4. John Lennon
5. Lauryn Hill
7. Gord Downie
8. Roger Watters
9. Patti Smyth
10. Chrissy Hynde
Agree? Disagree? What are your thoughts? I’m sure you can add to this list.
If you missed the show tonight, here is a list of the G12 as well as links to the artists’ MySpace pages if you would like to hear the songs.
12. Duck Sauce – Barbara Streisand http://www.myspace.com/ducksaucenyc
11. Chromeo – Don’t Turn the Lights On http://www.myspace.com/chromeo
10. Chk Chk Chk (!!!) – AM FM http://www.myspace.com/chkchkchk
9. Local Natives – White Eyes http://www.myspace.com/localnatives
8. Deerhunter –Revival http://www.myspace.com/deerhunter
7. Tired Pony – Dead American Writers http://www.myspace.com/tiredpony
6. Fistful of Mercy – Father’s Son http://www.myspace.com/fistfulofmercy
5. War Paint – Undertow http://www.myspace.com/worldwartour
4. Small Sins – Déjà Vu http://www.myspace.com/smallsins
3. Unkle – The Answer http://www.myspace.com/unkle
2. Black Mountain – The Space in Your Mind http://www.myspace.com/blackmountain
1. Arcade Fire – Modern Man http://www.myspace.com/arcadefireofficial
Well .. off to have a listen to the album side and the Big Lie-Down. This week – Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant”. Ninites! 🙂