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This Song inspired by ...

This Song was inspired by ...

"Everyday I Write the Book", the words to this song according to Elvis Costello were written in 10 minutes. So I might guess there was about zero inspiration and about the same 'perspiration' that went into this song which somewhat ironically parallels writing and romance. Many great song writers have similar experiences where a song just 'came to them' but for the most part I think songs have some traceable origin, some spark or idea that triggered the imagination of the songwriter(s).
If you check Wikipedia for "songs by source" there are hundreds of links, there's one about real life events, it has 184 pages (songs) alone. As to how many songs were written with a particular person in mind that's a more difficult number to arrive at as many songwriters don't divulge their 'source'. I suspect if we knew, that number would make the 184 pages look like your average shopping list compared to say the &…

Chicago

Chicago

I talked about the beginnings of the rich Blues music scene in Chicago in the "Delta Blues Part 1" post a while back. Chicago blues evolved from the style of play brought up from the Delta starting with Big Bill Broonzy and followed by many others including the great Muddy Waters. With more; electric guitar, amplification, harmonica and with city and urban related lyrics it became a sub-genre of the Blues referred to as "Electric Blues" and also with development in St Louis "Urban Blues".
But Chicago is home to more than the Blues though I strongly suggest checking out 'Buddy Guy's Legends', been there, got the t-shirt. When I blogged Chuck Berry I made reference to his best music coming from Chicago and Chess Records, here is a sampling of some of the more well known artists to either come from Chicago or have their musical genesis there.

Sam Cooke, while born Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1931, his family moved to Chicago …

From the Movies (Part 2)

From the Movies (Part 2)
I mentioned some great movie songs in Part 1, but there are so many more.
One of the best songs written for a movie is "Mrs. Robinson" composed by Paul Simon. I referenced this song in the Simon and Garfunkel post but it's worth another mention.
 As I understand the story of this song Mike Nichols the Director of 'The Graduate' was obsessed with the music of Simon and Garfunkel and via Clive Davis, Simon was convinced (with a $25,000 cheque) to write three songs for his new movie. Apparently "Mrs. Roosevelt" was still in the early stages of development. When played for Nichols after he was unimpressed with the first two songs, the "dee de dee dee de dee dee dee" was just filler for words not yet written. Well he liked it so much the nonsense phrasing was kept and "Mrs. Robinson" was part of the Movie. It hit #1 in both Canada and U.S. in 1968 and won two Grammys; Record of the Year and Best Contemporary-Pop …

From the Movies

From the Movies

It is amazing how many popular songs we listen too that have originated from a movie. These songs get covered so many times they can take on a life of their own, sometimes we don't even know what movie the song came from let alone associate it with one to begin with. One such song I recently mention in 'Banned Songs' was "Baby it's Cold Outside". Here are some other songs written specifically for a movie (not just used in a movie soundtrack), these being such a great tune artists just had to make another version and sometimes into the many hundreds. I mentioned in an earlier blog the most covered song of all-time (perhaps minus some religious and Christmas songs) was "Summertime", but it was actually from a play that was made into a movie so I'll attempt to stick to the movie origins only.
The number one song in this category I have already referenced in an earlier post, that being "Over the Rainbow" written by Harold …

Country Covers of Classic Country Songs (Part 3)

Country Covers of Classic Country Songs (Part 3)

I've talked more than a bit about Hank Williams and there's certainly much more to say, here is another great song that's been covered over 120 times. "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)" written by Hank Williams (1951). A great cover from Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez (2005). If you are wondering where the duet idea came from here is an old television clip Hank Williams & Anita Carter (1953).
There are many great versions of this song so I've put together a playlist which includes Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and a home recording from Elvis Presley.

"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" written by the legendary Fred Rose, is one of my favorite country songs as there are so many fantastic versions. The original performance is by Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys from a 1945 radio show, it was later released in 1947. Many will remember this was Willie Nelson's first #1 hit rec…