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January 4, 2013

10 Songs About Writing

Filed under: Lists — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 4:09 pm

10-songs-about-writing By Ed Sikov

Songwriters spend a great deal of time and energy composing songs about love and loss and regret and d-i-v-o-r-c-e and what prompted Billy Joe McAllister to jump off the Tallahatchee Bridge. All well and good. But how many songs are devoted to writing? Professions generally don’t serve as the subject of music. (“Convoy” (trucking), “Casey Jones” (locomotive operation), and “Good Lovin'” (internal medicine) are the exceptions that prove the rule.) Still, I came up with more titles than I imagined I would. With one exception: I’ve steered clear of songs about songwriting. Maybe I just couldn’t bring myself to include Barry Manilow’s execrable “I Write the Songs”. The songs I’ve chosen are ones that speak to us as writers; they’re about the process of laying down words and the words’ effect on the folks who read them.

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