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Indeed, it was often Ochs' sense of humor and no-holds-barred wit that set him apart from his contemporaries. While others tended Cryptobiosis - Eden Synthetic Corps - Breathing Salt (File, Album) keep an eye on their reputations, Ochs came across more concerned with the "War is Over" For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) than anything else.

For this, he's named our Best Ever Protest Singer. Woody Guthrie comes in a close second to Phil Ochs. That is only because Guthrie wrote just as many For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters)love, and children's songs as he did songs of protest. What Guthrie was particularly great at were not even necessarily protest or political songs. His songs were more often just observations on things he saw along his travels. Woody Guthrie's songs didn't serve as a call to action, but instead were simply statements of the truth as he saw it: "This land was made for you and me," "Some men will rob you In contrast to the work of Ochs and others, Woody's tunes are less satirical than they are matter-of-fact.

As a result, somehow even songs like "Roll On, Columbia," one of Woody's many tributes to the Columbia River, came across as political statements. It's the opinion of many people For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) Guthrie never set out to protest anything, at least not in the sense that many modern protest singers do. His intention was to spark up a conversation, to For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) out a few things you may not have noticed otherwise, and to raise a few questions.

His style of songwriting was so effective that songwriters that came after him have done what they could to emulate it. Folksinger Joan Baez has long been an advocate for a number of causes, both in her personal and her professional life. Her childhood in the Middle Rock N Roll Is King (O Rock É Rei) - Various - Promocional CBS and throughout the world her father's job kept the family mobile instilled in her a sense of social justice and the importance of equality and human rights.

As a result, Joan quickly opted to use her celebrity to help the Civil Rights movement and later lent her voice to the peace movement to end the war in Vietnam.

Since then, she has sung out, spoken out, and acted out to protect human rights around the globe. She has also been active in the environmental movement and other vital issues. On the morning of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All This Useless Beauty. Elvis Costello. White Rainy Night in Georgia. Tony Joe White. Ain't No Sunshine. Bill Withers. Song from Hope St. David Kitt. The Shining. Badly Drawn Boy. Michelle Shocked. Patti Smith Group.

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Jackson Browne. If I Were a Carpenter. Tim Hardin. She Cries Your Name. Beth Orton. Where the Wild Roses Grow. Nick Cave. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date January 14, Track Listing. Elton John. You're So Vain. Carly Simon. Wild World. Cat Stevens.

It's Too Late. Carole King. Gordon Lightfoot. City of New Orleans. For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) Goodman. Arlo Guthrie. Fogerty's songwriting process reflected the blue-collar worldview of a guy who wrote his first Top 10 hit 's "Proud Mary" just two days after being discharged from the Army Reserves: "Just sitting very late at night," he said. There was no extra stimulus, no alcohol or drugs or anything.

It was purely mental. I had discovered what all writers discover, whether they're told or not, that you could do anything. The first time most people heard David Bowie, he was playing an astronaut named Major Tom, floating through space, completely cut off from civilization. Within a For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) of years Bowie was channeling that sense of cosmic alienation into albums like 's Hunky Dory and the 's classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Marsemerging as one of the most creative and unpredictable songwriting forces of the s.

Early on, Bowie specialized in offering an indelible vision of the Seventies glam-rock demimonde. Lyrically, his use of William Burroughs-style cut and paste made for fascinating, if at times, baffling flows of image and ideas.

On timeless songs like "Life on Mars" or "Changes" or "Heroes," his ability to combine accessibility and idiosyncrasy makes for music that marries art and Turn Out The Stars - Raimondo Campisi, Enrico Pieranunzi, Gaetano Liguori, Antonio Ballista - Il Pia and transfigures culture itself.

He didn't start writing songs in earnest until he'd recorded a few albums, and his songwriting gifts have been overshadowed by his vocal mastery. Still, Al Green's best original material isn't just a showcase for his voice. Green sang about romantic ecstasy and failings and deeper longings for divine love the language of Scripture has never been far from his lyrics, even when he was writing secular material.

He may sound and look like the prototypical SoCal balladeer, but Browne has spent his career pushing the singer-songwriter envelope. He's written some of rock's most finely observed songs not just about his journey through life from the prematurely wise "These Days," penned when he was 16 years old, through more recent songs like "The Night Inside Me"but has also ventured into social critiques "Lawyers in Love" and political protest "Lives in the Balance".

Whatever the subject, Browne brings the same probing, thoughtful take on what he called, in "Looking East," "the search for the truth. The duo charted deep space — inner and outer—on early collaborations like "Dark Star. He had one foot off the ground and he'd be writing in his notebooks.

He was communing with the music. And all of a sudden, we had songs. And voila: there they are. When they For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) got started in the s, the ambitious lads in U2 made a deal to split all their publishing money evenly. Bono brings the grand vision and uncanny ear for heroic hooks, and the Edge brings his sonic For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) and an eagerness to push boundaries.

Working together, the duo have pursued their expansive vision from the adolescent cry of "Out of Control" to political anthems like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to the stadium-shaking roar of "Where the Streets Have No Name" to the funky, danceable For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) Ways" and "Discotheque" all the way through the highly-personable "The Miracle of Joey Ramone " from last year's Songs of Innocence.

As the band's charismatic frontman, Bono may soak up a lot of the credit, but he's the first to admit how important the Edge is to their songwriting. Jackson's innate musical genius could be heard on the earliest Jackson 5 chart-toppers. Jackson's collaborators and co-writers marvel at the way his dance-floor classics sprang full-formed from their creator's head.

That, Michael said, was the only way he could write: "If I sat down at a piano, if I sat here and played some chords. Not just little eight-bar loop ideas. He would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.

As he told American Songwriter in"Sometimes the songs got to coming too fast for me to write, and sometimes they still do. Burt Bacharach studied classical composition with French composer Darius Milhaud and was part of avant-garde icon John Cage's circle. But he chose pop music as a career and started writing songs with lyricist Hal David, who had a knack for matching wistful sentiments to Bacharach's unconventional jazz chords and constantly shifting time signatures.

With 3, songs to her name — including more than 20 Number One country singles —Dolly Parton has enjoyed one of country's most impressive songwriting careers. Parton tapped her hardscrabble Tennessee-hills upbringing on songs like "Coat of Many Colors" and "The Bargain Store," and throughout the Seventies, her songs broke new ground in describing romantic heartache and marital hardship.

On "Travelin' Man," from her masterpiece Coat of Many ColorsParton's mom runs off with her man, and on the gut-wrenching "If I Lose My Mind," also on that album, Parton watches while her boyfriend has sex with another woman.

But she doesn't do much joking around when it comes to the art of songwriting. The Who had a one-of-a-kind drummer, a brilliant bassist, a towering singer — and their songs featured some pretty impressive guitar playing too. But they would never have gone anywhere if Pete Townshend hadn't developed into an endlessly innovative songwriter. Early tunes like their debut single "I Can't Explain" and the epochal anthem "My Generation" were fueled by adolescent angst, but with each passing year, Townshend became more and more ambitious, moving from a loose concept record about a pirate radio station 's The Who Sell Out to a groundbreaking rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind pinball star 's Tommy to a double LP We Eat Mountains Of Shit - Get Rad - Bastards United a young mod facing with a form of split personality disorder 's Quadrophenia.

His output slowed down considerably by the mids and he's released a scant two albums in the past three decades. But what he accomplished in the Who's first 15 years transformed the possibilities of rock music. Chuck Berry wrote about teenage America.

Holly had only been making records for a little less than two years when he For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) in a plane crash in at age Yet, in that brief career, he created an amazing body of work. On songs like "That'll Be the Day," "Rave On," "Everyday," "Oh Boy," "Peggy Sue" and "Not Fade Away," his buoyant, hiccupping vocals and wiry, exuberant guitar playing drove home lyrics that seemed to sum up the hopes, aspirations and fears of the kids buying his records.

After a failed attempt to make it in Nashville as a country artist, Holly returned to his native Lubbock, Texas, where he and his band the Crickets drove to producer Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico, to cut a version of "That'll Day Be the Day" a song Decca Records had rejectedthat became a Number One single. The most influential folk singer in Love Me Forever (Red & Avoya Italian Rockaz Rmx) - Various - DJPod Volume 1 history once described his creative process thusly: "When I'm writing a song and I get the words, I look around for some tune that has proved its popularity with the people.

Guthrie's music, Bob Dylan wrote in Chronicles"had the infinite sweep of humanity. But it's his ability to nail emotion that makes simple love songs like "Days" incandescent, and elevates a lonely meditation like "Waterloo Sunset" into what some consider the most beautiful song in the English language. I can't get rid of them. I go into something minute, then look at it, then go back into it.

I was still called a soul singer," he once recalled. I had discovered that my strength was not in the horns, it was in the rhythm. On classic albums like 's 12 Songs and 's Sail AwayNewman developed characters, explored ironies and embodied perspectives no one else of his time had even considered — "Suzanne" was sung from the point of view of a rapist, "God's Song" surveyed mankind with disgust from the Almighty's easy chair and "Sail Away" was a sales pitch from an antebellum slave trader to Africans on the wonders of America "Every man is free to take care of his home and his family".

Newman's early albums were commercial calamities, but he had a surprise hit with 's "Short People," a bitingly funny parody of bigotry, and he's gone on to enjoy a hugely successful second career writing soundtracks for movies like Toy Story and Monsters Inc. Bone Burnett calls "Sail Away," "the greatest satire in the history of American music.

After springing forth in as a sneering, splay-legged punk rocker with a knack for motor-mouth lyrics "I was always into writing a lot of words," he said in Following a series of early rock masterpieces like 's searing This Year's Model and 's soul-informed tour de force Get Happy!

Costello's two-dozen or so best songs — "Beyond Believe," Radio, Radio," "New Lace Sleeves," "Watching the Detectives," "Oliver's Army" among them — make all those densely packed images and subtle wordplay roll by with almost Beatles-esque precision.

His ability to embrace diverse styles would lead to fruitful album-length collaborations with Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, his wife, jazz singer Diane Krall, and, most recently, hip-hop crew the Roots. Many bluesmen talked of sin and redemption. I have always trusted its purity, and I always will. Morrison was a hugely successful singer before he began writing songs and he never lost he idea that even the most intricate lyrics are meant to be sung and felt.

After becoming disillusioned with commercial pop following the success of his hit "Brown Eyed Girl," he went into a brief period of down-and-out seclusion, emerging the following year with his greatest statement, Astral Weekssinging "poetry and mythical musings channeled from my imagination" over meditative backing that wove folk, jazz, blues and soul.

Throughout his career — but especially on a run of albums he recorded during the early Seventies that included 's Moondance and 's For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) Fleece — Morrison has always rooted his ecstatic visions in a warm, commonplace intimacy For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) for his music's easy-flowing grandeur.

A collegiate creative writing student who played covers in bar bands and briefly held a job writing pop song knockoffs in the Brill Building era, Reed drew inspiration both from literature Sacher-Masoch's Venus in FursWilliam Burroughs' Naked Lunch and Johnnie Taylor - Doing My Own Thing own life — for example, the fellow Warhol collaborators that informed quintessential Reed character studies like "Candy Says" and "Walk on the Wild Side.

Reed was also a sound scientist who, with the Velvet Underground and after, advanced what was possible with simple chords and electric guitars. The pair's songs usually emerged from improvisatory writing sessions that began with just a handful of Leiber's lyrics. He'd accommodate the line — metrically, rhythmically. They married and started composing songs in the Brill Building inand split up in But the dozens of hit songs they wrote for girl groups and teen idols during that time often with producer Phil Spector pitching in were as close to raw erotic fervor as you could hear on the radio at the time: the Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me," the Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack," and — near the end of their partnership — Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep — Mountain High.

However, when there were disagreements, it was very hard to leave it at the office and go home at night and change hats: 'Hi honey, what do you want for dinner? Prince's talents as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, bandleader and live powerhouse are peerless. But it all builds off his songs, which transform funk, soul, pop and rock into a sound all his own. He's had 30 Top 40 singles in his career, including Midsummer Moon - Dark Poem - The Fire Lives Inside Number Ones.

Lyrically, he tends to stick to one freaky subject. Neil Young's epic career has veered wildly from folk-rock to country to hard rock to synth-driven New Wave pop to rockabilly to bar-band blues. Young's creakingly lovely acoustic ballads and torrential rockers draw on the same ageless themes: the myths and realities of American community and freedom, the individual's hard struggle against crushing political and social forces, mortality and violence, chrome dreams, ragged glories and revolution blues.

Young has released an astonishing 36 solo albums, five in the last two years. His best work "Ambulance Blues," "Powderfinger," "After the Goldrush" may have come in the Sixties and Seventies, but every single album comes with more than a few amazing moments. Songs like the soft-rock classic "Heart of Gold," his only Number One single, have led to an image of the tireless year-old legend as a lonely troubadour, but Young insists that's deceptive.

So if I look kind of sad, it's bullshit. Forget it. I'm doing good. Leonard Cohen was a dark Canadian eminence among the pantheon of singer-songwriters to emerge in the Sixties. His haunting bass voice, nylon-stringed guitar patterns, and Greek-chorus backing vocals delivered incantatory verses about love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression, and other For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) dualities.

A perfectionist known for spending years on a tune, Cohen's genius for details illuminated the oft-covered "Suzanne" and "Hallelujah. It's not a particularly generous mystery, but other people have that experience with matrimony anyway. But he relaunched his career at age 74 and has continued to tour the world and make sensually luminous albums into the s.

At 80, he's still our greatest living late-night poet. During Motown's mid-Sixties golden age, Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) were the label's songwriting and production dream team. All three began their careers as singers, but when they started working together behind the scenes, they made magic.

But the music was pure delight: melodies that let vocalists' power and move gracefully through them, neatly cross-stitched into an array of instrumental hooks and forceful dance rhythms. Late in the For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters)Dozier and the Holland For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) left Motown and launched a few record labels of their own; although many of the hits that followed for the likes of Freda Payne and the Honey Cone were credited to "Edythe Wayne," For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) was no mistaking the H-D-H sound.

The people I loved — Woody Guthrie, Dylan — they were out on the frontier of the American imagination, and they were changing the course of history and our own ideas about who we were. Unafraid of risk, Springsteen followed it with a long period of redefinition, making his sound and his stories ever more intimate on 's Tunnel of Love and later 's The Ghost of Tom The Glory Of Love - Dean Martin - Dean Martins Greatest Hits!

Volume 2. Since reuniting the E Street Band in he has been reconnecting to his earliest sense of inspiration and mission.

Between andWilliams landed 31 songs in the U. Country Top Ten, with five more making the Top Ten in the year following his untimely death. No matter what mood he was channeling, Williams wrote with an economy and concision few songwriters in any genre have touched.

It takes economy and simplicity to get to an idea or emotion in a song, and there's no better example of that than Hank Williams. But he also penned darkly introspective masterpieces like "In My Room" and "God Only For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) as well as groundbreaking symphonic masterpieces like 's Pet Soundswhich transformed the idea of rock album-making itself and inspired the Beatles' own masterpiece Sgt.

Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Wilson would later blame his father and bandmates for the despair in his more somber writing. With the completion of his aborted late-Sixties opus Smile inWilson reemerged to reclaim his title as a pop eminence who was once again capable of writing with incredible depth and beauty.

Yet, despite the heights his music scaled, Wilson's songwriting methodology was deceptively simple. Marley For America - Various - Songs (The Best Of The Singer/Songwriters) deep from American soul music; he briefly lived in Delaware during the late Sixties, where he worked in a factory.

On early compositions like dance-floor-filling ska tune "Simmer Down" and the lilting pop gem "Stand Alone" he displayed mastery of sweet melodies and cleverly turned hooks that showed he could've easily done time on Berry Gordy's assembly line as well.


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