June 15, 2006

Songwriters: Pt. 2

I got a quite lengthy email this morning from TMF both commending me and chiding me for my list of songwriters. He suggested a few that I left off of the list. What I've decided to do is focus some attention on the craft of songwriting by focusing on a few people from time to time. Some of you remember my series of posts on great album covers, this will be in a similar vein. If you have suggestions of songwriters to feature, send an email to me at mkinmotion[at]gmail[dot]com.

According to TMF, left off the list:

Johnny Cash (sorry man, it's best living songwriters, didn't you get the news in Valdez?)
Matthew Ryan
Daniel Lanois
Mark Olson
Lucinda Williams
Terry Scott Taylor

I think that phrase I used before "You can't get much better than _______" keeps resonating with a lot of my music. I'll put together the first installment of featured songwriter and see how it goes. I'm also intrigued by songwriting teams ala the Johns from TMBG, Olson/Louris in the 90s, Farrar/Tweedy, Sarah McLachlan/Pierre Marchand, etc. I'm gonna see if I can get some real responses from people who are actually on these lists to contribute. It's an overlooked art and the craft deserves some attention.


The Mad Fishicist said...

Johnny Cash died?

MKinMotion said...

He was in the John death pool, but lost by one day to John Ritter.

traci said...

Lanois was the first person I thought of after reading your list. I expected him to be there.