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  1. Brother Ashley is a great writer and it’s good to read about his accomplishments as well as him goin’ back to his musical roots writin’ solo again. When you’re a commercial writer you always are co-writing which makes the creation process a lot easier with other writers contributing to the finished product. But solo writin’ goes back to greats like Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson,….who wrote the majority of their efforts solo. Many of those of us who write songs do so solo, and it’s awesome to see such a renowned & accomplished writer doin’ the same thing after co-writin’ for so long. I wish brother Gorley the best, and I hope his efforts lead to even more success.

  2. Usually I can left oversights slide. I could insist on Sonny Terry, for instance, or more lately, Tom Ball. But the first name on this list should have been Howard Levy. With the possible exception of Toots, nobody on this list can touch Howard Levy.

  3. Well done including Alan Wilson, perhaps the most under appreciated harp monster who ever lived. One needs to really explore the Canned Heat discography to hear the truly great things he did, everyone knows the hits, but the real gold is in the deep cuts. A tone to die for, John Lee Hooker was impressed with Blind Owl’s playing,. He sometimes created his own tunings using files on the reeds, and the results had harp players scratching their heads for years. The guy was a genius blues man, killer voice, great guitar player as well.

  4. No Magic Dick? To call Bob Dylan a Great Harmonica player is to say he is a great singer too. Great Musician and Songwriter yes indeed Legend even- But come one! Do your reserach! No Alan Wilson! No Charlie Musselwhite or Junior Wells! SMH…

  5. […] Vasquez posted a very sincere video expressing joy and wonder at the rainbow and its vibrant colors, including wondering about the meaning of existence and breaking down in tears. People wondered if he was high (he said he wasn’t, although he does grow marijuana plants and had another rainbow video which he was high for), and as some people do when another person is sincere, they made fun of him. […]

  6. […] Vasquez posted a very sincere video expressing joy and wonder at the rainbow and its vibrant colors, including wondering about the meaning of existence and breaking down in tears. People wondered if he was high (he said he wasn’t, although he does grow marijuana plants and had another rainbow video which he was high for), and as some people do when another person is sincere, they made fun of him. […]

  7. […] Vasquez posted a very sincere video expressing joy and wonder at the rainbow and its vibrant colors, including wondering about the meaning of existence and breaking down in tears. People wondered if he was high (he said he wasn’t, although he does grow marijuana plants and had another rainbow video which he was high for), and as some people do when another person is sincere, they made fun of him. […]

  8. […] Vasquez posted a very sincere video expressing joy and wonder at the rainbow and its vibrant colors, including wondering about the meaning of existence and breaking down in tears. People wondered if he was high (he said he wasn’t, although he does grow marijuana plants and had another rainbow video which he was high for), and as some people do when another person is sincere, they made fun of him. […]

  9. I think what makes these lyrics really cool is the fact that they make you think. For me that makes for a good song. I felt the flow as I read it . To me, that’s not an easy task, I appreciate how you think.

  10. Thanks Paul for these beautiful articles and sharing your thoughts about my favorite singer/songwriter. I still feel he taught me to listen to singer/songwriters. Today i listen to singer/songwriters like Daniel Romano, Jimmy LaFave, Michael McDermott, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters, Rosanne Cash etc.
    Together with my wife we traveled to Colorado in 1998 to see him perform at the West Fest. We even had a brief encounter. Four years later we traveled to the USA and attended four concerts at the East Coast including a show in Ontario.
    Fogelberg almost scored a hit in Holland with “Longer” en “Nether Lands”. The last song is still sometimes played on Dutch radio. I feel he’s very underestimated by the (American) music critics and I really don’t understand why. His music and lyrics are beyond compare and they have moved and influenced me. I think that “The Innocent Age” is one of the best albums ever made.

  11. I found this song to be very powerful. At first I was like “don’t bore us get to the chorus” but then it really opened up and I just cranked it as loud as my speakers would allow. One word. Inspiring. Well done.

  12. Hey Victoria, that’s really great — I’m glad you stuck with it. Indeed, this song is 110% worth listening to, and doing so from the very first moment all the way to the last. Madisen really digs down and delivers. I personally think the way the music just bursts forth like a swell of rapids, speaks to how intensely she felt going through all those experiences and maybe she wanted the impact to hit us suddenly, like her turn for the better did!

  13. Hi Dalas, t’s really awesome that you are into helping younger people get thier name out there and be able to do something with the songs they write. I would like to mention that there are also older people like myself who have talent and would like to have a chance as well. I have been writting my whole life, then one day a few years back, I bought a mandolin, then a guitar, and decided to see if I could learn how to play. I made singing and playing a goal. I knew I could write. Once I could do one, then I moved on to playing , singing and writting my own songs. Now, I cant stop. I’m 58 years old, and I have accomplished my dream, of using a talent I did not know I had. If nothing else, I have used my music to heal and sooth elderly, mentaly challenged and just regular people who understand what I am trying to say. Thank you for letting me say what I was trying to tell the world. People are people. Young , old or in between. Some of us walk the same path. Robin Alice.

  14. Congratulations, Matt Dunn! And all the best (with future endeavors)!

    Side-note: Isn’t this a lyric contest and not a poetry contest? I believe one of the criteria is that the words should lend themselves easily to music (though this maybe a little vague criterion, perhaps deliberate). Otherwise, they would make for poetry and not lyrics. Making the lyrics conversational (which most songwriting classes will teach you) is not asked for, or else the outcomes could be different, I think. Just an opinion.

  15. […] Attempts to clarify fell flat with probably the most backhanded of compliments. “I really like so much of Bob’s songs, regardless that musically he’s now not very proficient.” If any musician has earned the fitting to criticize him… In any case, no matter she concept of Dylan right through her mid-seventies duration, when she recorded and launched her densely experimental The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Court and Spark, she was once satisfied to enroll in the 1975 Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue. […]

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