Pick three lyricists . . .

Charlie Bernstein

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Pick three lyricists living or dead you'd like to have critique or respond to your lyrics - and tell why. I'll go first:

Ray Davies: the jaded romantic.
Woody Guthrie: the soul of America.
Bob Hunter: the quintessential space cowboy.

They write about what I think about - and they do it so well.

(I could name a lot more. But three's three!)
 

Charlie Bernstein

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Donald Fagan
Elvis Costello
Jeff Tweedy

All perfectly capable of writing a four-minute novel
Jeff is high on my list, too. (And Donald and Elvis don't suck!)

Now you've given me an idea: Take one of my songs and turn it into a novel!

Now 'scuse me while I dust off the ol' Olivetti Underwood and throw in a fresh ribbon . . . .
 

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Johnny Mercer
Willy Dixon
John Prine

They could all bring humour energy and sentiment to a range of material.
Glad to see Dixon AND Mercer made someone's cut! Willie wrote a lot of my favorites. (So did JP.)

We were watching a movie the other night, and one of the segue tunes was someone singing "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive." Had to wait for the credits to find out who wrote it. Johnny had a way with words!
 




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