Chiming In

September 13, 2016

I love country music. I say that at the outset, because there is one thing that makes me want to ram a fence with a four-wheel drive truck: Mindless songs that portray women as if they’re hood ornaments. Why is this done?

The latest is Luke Bryan’s “Move,” number 16 on the Billb...

August 31, 2016

When I hear a song that resonates with me, I listen to it probably 30 times. Perhaps songwriters do this often; ask themselves why a song works.

The latest is “Lovin’ Lately,” by Big & Rich, featuring Tim McGraw, No. 21 on the Billboard Country Radio Music Chart this week.

I’ve a...

July 27, 2016

My sister writes songs. When she can’t think of a lyric, she sings fannies. Fanny, fan-fan; fanny, fan-fan.

Since my daughter and I co-write, we have a similar method. For the most part, my daughter writes the melodies and I write the lyrics. It’s not a rule of ours; we tinker o...

July 12, 2016

Every once in awhile, a song comes along with a message that really disturbs me.

Such is the case with Zayn’s “Pillowtalk,” ranked 15th on the Billboard Pop Chart and, mercifully, on its way down.

For those fortunate listeners who haven’t heard it, the song describes a relationsh...

June 22, 2016

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all tell the unedited truth, without having to step on it, squash it and mold it into a little ball to make it more palatable?

Perhaps no song in the Top 40 speaks more directly to this than Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” Posner wrote the...

June 2, 2016

Before I wrote lyrics, I wrote limericks. One of my favorites was about a friend’s boss (who shall remain nameless) who made unwanted advances in the workplace. Yes, it still happens.

 

“There once was a flirtatious boss;

Who cared not how he came across;

He made quite a pass,

For a...

May 18, 2016

When I first heard “Work from Home,” by Fifth Harmony, featuring hip hop artist Ty Dolla $ign, I asked myself, “Why is this a hit?”

 

I realize I’m in the minority here, but the song doesn’t stand out musically or lyrically on the radio. There’s no overwhelmingly catchy beat, bui...

May 4, 2016

I have a favorite story from this couple about their most embarrassing moment with their four-year-old son.

It was Thanksgiving, all the relatives were seated at the table, everything was festively decorated for the occasion and the boy got crabby and tired. His parents, realizi...

April 27, 2016

My daughter and I tend to get into songwriting grooves. We’re either banging them out, or we’re stuck on a song.

 

We write one song at a time. I’m sure other people write more than one at once, but we don’t. Sometimes, we get in a rut and can't finish a song.

 

About two months ag...

April 20, 2016

When you say, “I love you,” what do you mean?

 

If someone asked me that, I’d probably think, “What a ridiculous question. What do you mean, what do I mean? I mean ‘I love you.’”

 

But it’s not ridiculous at all. The answer could be very telling - and very different, depending on w...

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