Yes he is.
8/12/2019 8:58 PM
Posted by wylie715 on 7/17/2019 6:57:00 PM (view original):
I'm extremely tired of political posts. I'm also tired of half the posts in these forums (at least half) being by people I have blocked and won't bother to read. I used to enjoy coming to the forums, but not so much anymore.
Here is my musical question.
Name 5 songs you wish you had written. It can be because the songs made a lot of money. It can be because you think the songs are beautiful songs. It can be for any reason whatsoever.
I'll need to think a bit on my list. I'll post it when I come up with it.
I'm going in a different direction. How about a Top 6?

Stardust - Hoagy Charmichael - This song has been covered over 1,500 times. Imagine that. The Nat King Cole cover is by far the best. One of my favorite songs.
I'll be Seeing You - Sammy Fain. Bing Crosby gives me goosebumps.
What a Wonderful World. - Louis Armstrong.
Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen. Judy Garland, obviously...
Fly Me to the Moon - Bart Howard. Only Sinatra is worthy...
Year of the Cat - Al Stewart. I just changed this list because, uopn further reflection, Year of the Cat is just too awesome. Stewart wrote a good song and, then, inserted a great instrumental verse followed by what might be the best instrumental bridge of all time...I mean you would have to go back to Vivaldi (Summer, Four Seasons) to find that kind of quality. Damn...
8/12/2019 9:49 PM (edited)
i recently heard susan boyle do over the rainbow on siriusly sinatra....you must hear it.
a vocal performance that is out of this world x out of this world x out of this world.


8/12/2019 9:45 PM
Posted by dino27 on 8/12/2019 9:47:00 PM (view original):
i recently heard susan boyle do over the rainbow on siriusly sinatra....you must hear it.
a vocal performance that is out of this world x out of this world x out of this world.


I'll listen to it but I have a thing for Garland. She's the antiBoyle.
8/12/2019 9:53 PM
Posted by dino27 on 8/12/2019 9:57:00 PM (view original):
boyle is the antiboil.
I tried imagining Boyle saying the words "I went to lose a jolly hour on the trolley" and it just didn't work.
8/12/2019 10:25 PM (edited)
how about - i want to eat a jolly rancher on the treadmill.
8/12/2019 11:12 PM
Posted by dino27 on 8/12/2019 11:12:00 PM (view original):
how about - i want to eat a jolly rancher on the treadmill.
zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings with that one.
8/12/2019 11:16 PM
but please listen to the song on stereo....if possible.
it is really the epitome of a voice becoming a musical instrument.
8/12/2019 11:28 PM
Posted by dino27 on 8/12/2019 11:28:00 PM (view original):
but please listen to the song on stereo....if possible.
it is really the epitome of a voice becoming a musical instrument.
All kidding aside, I will and will give you my take.
8/12/2019 11:32 PM
Steely Dan - FM
Queen -Who Wants to Live Forever
Boston - Peace of Mind
The Cars - Moving in Stereo
Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name
8/13/2019 12:18 AM
I have NO IDEA what the great "American Songbook" is............. so I apologize in advance for straying out of bounds (but I will keep it "American" songs)
In No particular order.

"What a Wonderful World" (Preferably the Kieran Kane version)
"Green River" --- John Fogerty
"Georgia" or "Blue Skies" either performed by Willie Nelson
"Skeletons" ---- Rickie Lee Jones
"You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome, When You Go" ------ Bob Dylan (*today!, tomorrow it could easily be a different Dylan tune)
"Time The Conqueror"---- Jackson Browne
8/13/2019 11:58 AM
here's a question..to you, what makes a song great? lyrics? music? tempo? who sings it?
I write lyrics (but can't/don't write music, so naturally lyrics are very important to me
8/13/2019 12:22 PM
Tough question wylie. Are you speaking in a compositional framework, or just appeal?

I'll only say that a in a good song containing lyrics, the lyric (the "voice") and the melody should speak to, or with, each other.
But, in general, a good (or great) song is just a "tune" that has stood the test of time, and thus appeals to wide audiences with differing personal lifeways.
So someone listening to a tune (for the 1st time) living in the 50's would like it, but someone living in the 20's, or the 21st Century would also like it.
USUALLY, for that to occur, the melody need by simple but have a strong hook(s), so it sticks. becomes an ear worm easily.

Those are all LARGE generalities.
8/13/2019 12:42 PM
Posted by dino27 on 8/13/2019 12:38:00 PM (view original):
the great american songbook is musical nomenclature for the standards written basically from the 1920s through the 50s....does not encompass rock or rock and roll or country or folk.......etc.
MOST of which I don't care for. Too slick for my tastes. There are exceptions, like "Autumn Leaves" for example. Some Gershwin, does that count?
8/13/2019 12:44 PM
A good song is like porn----I know it when I hear it.
8/13/2019 2:34 PM
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