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Thursday, 15 September 2011



Having been forced to listen to Magic FM for the last 48 hours (which, in it's infancy was really rather good - lots of Tony Bennett, Patsy Cline and the like - not the slick power pop MOR fest we know it as today) I have also been forced to consider whether people have simply given up making an effort when it comes to writing lyrics?
So many wet, flacid noodlings - I'm not talking grammatical lack of effort, more a sort of 'cod' emotional outpouring that leaves the insides gnawing at themselves.
"If you’re not for me then why does this distance maim my life?"
"I want to stand with you on a mountain, I want to bathe with you in the sea"
"You're gonna catch a cold from the ice inside your soul"

Hells bells.

Nevertheless, it also occured to me that where the outpouring is not, er, 'cod' in nature then the most banal lyrics can be transformed into something, well, broaching, sort of...well, you know what I mean...
"To give a love, you've gotta live a love, to live a love, you gotta be part of"
"How did I meet you ? I don't know. A messenger sent me in a tropical storm"
"Love soft as an easy chair, love fresh as the morning air"

Of course, there are others that I'm just genuinely fond of regardless of how 'rough around the edges' they may or may not be...
"Got a fist of pure emotion, got a head of shattered dreams"
" I like small speakers, I like tall speakers"
" Hey there, you with the sad face, come up to my place and live it up"

And yet if Neil Young could sing his way through the phone book and it would still make me weep - why not others...? Surely, there's your 'X-Factor'...

In the midst of musing over all this, I confess to becoming rather roused by Cher's 'Just Like Jesse James'. Beyonce's got nothing on her...


  1. very nice . . keep em coming Willis

  2. however - you simply can not argue with the genius that is lyrics such as 'wake me up before you go-go'.............