Here are just a few of the musicians whom I consider great lyric writers and who continue to influence my lyric writing style.
John Denver: everything
Bob Marley: everything
Bob Dylan: times are a changing
Barry Manilow: Week End In New England
Kris Kristofferson: Sunday Morning Coming Down
There many others not listed here, it would take a lot of time to mention all of them so these are just a few.
In terms of Manilow and Kristofferson the songs I mentioned have made a lasting impression on me. Lionel Richie used to write for Kenny Rogers and I love those songs. Love Chapman’s lyrics and her folksy style. John Denver was the only person I know who could write a song about the Wind and make it relatable. I own his book: “John Denver Anthology” and the audio for practically all the songs he has ever written and or sang. Bob Marley, is the Jamaican who is known and loved all over the world, is known for his political messages . His lyrics such as that of “Three Little Birds” has been used as a symbol of political struggle for people as far away as Germany. It is my understanding that when the Berlin Wall came down people stood in the spot and sang the words of “Three Little Birds” for hours. I hope to write a political song or one that is seen as political, like him someday, even if it is one that was not intentionally political, which “Three Little Birds.” was not meant to be political. I have all Marley’s works. Dolly Parton makes my heart flutter, with her coat of many colors. Marvin gays had an unmatched ability to write colorful lyrics about life, political struggles and love. Burt Bacharach’s sophisticated lyrics were written for and sang by some of the great vocalist such as Dionne Warwick. The Beatles and John Lennon have Educated us all on how to do it. No style have been more studied than theirs.
I can only ask the question what’s in a song without good lyrics? Indeed, even if you can’t relate to it, it should be likeable. Still, I realize that tastes in everything is simply subjective.
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