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Which Songwriters inspire you? #3017027 11/21/19 10:43 PM
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I thought it'd be useful to get people's thoughts on songwriters that inspire them to write or to improve their songwriting chops.

For example, Mike Oldfield's 'pop song' work such as 'Moonlight Shadow' and 'Islands' is what inspires me to do a better job of my own work. Outside of the more standard definition of a song, artists like Public Service Broadcasting totally inspire me with how they merge spoken word material with great music.

Fire away!

Re: Which Songwriters inspire you? [Re: nursers] #3017066 11/22/19 12:09 PM
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I'm influenced by storytellers with a sense of humor - Lowell George, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett.


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Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Ray Davies, Root Boy Slim, Keith Richards (he wrote Gimme Shelter for one).

Short list, the long list is long.


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Re: Which Songwriters inspire you? [Re: nursers] #3017307 11/25/19 12:56 PM
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Some brilliant suggestions so far thu

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Jimmy Webb

Peter Gabriel

Steven Wilson

Mark Isham [ instrumental]

John McLaughlin [instrumental]

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Originally Posted by GregC
Jimmy Webb


Even though he could get a bit dogmatic at times, I thought his book Tunesmith was great.


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Originally Posted by Joe Muscara
Originally Posted by GregC
Jimmy Webb


Even though he could get a bit dogmatic at times, I thought his book Tunesmith was great.


True.
Wichita Lineman, By the Time I Get to Phoenix and The Highwayman are all great songs too.


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Originally Posted by Joe Muscara
Originally Posted by GregC
Jimmy Webb


Even though he could get a bit dogmatic at times, I thought his book Tunesmith was great.


Thats great, Joe ! I almost missed out on his book.

Not anymore;
https://www.amazon.com/Tunesmith-In...+tunesmith&qid=1574724564&sr=8-1

Re: Which Songwriters inspire you? [Re: nursers] #3018057 12/01/19 06:58 PM
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I feel like lyrics are my weakness because, especially being an engineer, have a tendency to be too literal. I feel like I can be creative musically, but lyrically is tougher for me. For that reason, I appreciate lyrics that can mean different things to different people and do it in a creative ways.

I could offer tons of examples, but I'll start with one many people may not have considered or known much about, The Posies My Dear 23 album has lots of cool lyrical tidbits. You guys can google all the lyrics for yourself. Off the top of my head, stuff like "So we built upon this ground, something we thought was sound.......but in reality was silence". (Obviously about a failing relationship)


Dan

Acoustic/Electric stringed instruments ranging from 4 to 230 strings, hammered, picked, fingered, slapped, and plucked. Analog and Digital Electronic instruments, reeds, and throat/mouth.

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