It is often said of me that I am, ‘about as much use as a fart in a thunderstorm’. Most likely there is more than an element of truth in that. In particular, technology is my bette noir hence you find me on a wing and a prayer, hoping against hope that I’ve managed to … More A BEAUTIFUL SONG
It’s late 1960’s and at No. 22 Clareville Grove, South Kensington, West London a frustrated David Bowie, in the company of his then young lover, budding actress Hermione Farthingale, is at his wits end struggling to complete the lyric for his new song, ‘Life on Mars’. “What’s the problem Daveypoops? You’ve a face like Andy … More DAVID BOWIE SUFFERS FROM LYRIST’S BLOCK
https://soundcloud.com/michael-steeden/red-planet Red planet take good care of me Make it better than before I’m tired of what we’re doing here Just show me the door I think I’ll take that flight; I’ll take that flight to Mars, I’ll leave this Earth behind, won’t even wave goodbye I know there’s no coming back … More RED PLANET (a lyric plus song link)
The outcome of the weasel bites about her right hand and wrist were horrendous ruined her burgeoning career as topless chimney sweep to the Sistine Chapel In hindsight she knew it foolhardy to have petted a flesh shredding carnivore regardless, ever since that day she wore the hideous no-no asbestos glove of a pyrophoric yet … More IN THE ASYLUM OF LIFE HE SINGS TO HER
Studio A of Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles 1964: Lyricist Cynthia Weil and her musician husband Barry Mann are ensconced in the studio debating how best to complete the lyric for the ballad, ‘You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling’ a song that one day will become an epic global hit for not only the original … More ‘YOU NEVER CLOSE YOUR EYES ANYMORE WHEN I KISS YOUR….SISTER’ – a case of lyricists block!
December 1933; 1019 North Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles: George Gershwin is at home piecing together songs for his forthcoming opera Porgy and Bess. Things have gone blindingly well particularly so with most of the melodies done and dusted. In his company is his mate, novelist and poet DuBose Heyward who is trying to write a … More ‘SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS…reasonably good were it not for those infernal wasps’ as DUBOSE HEYWARD SUFFERS FROM LYRICISTS BLOCK!
February 1945; New York: It is the ‘golden age’ of musical theatre and at its very epicentre we find the pairing of composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II finishing off the songs for their new Broadway stage production ‘Carousel’. Already Rodgers has the melodies for the show in place and exquisite they are. One … More “WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH A STORM HOLD YOUR HEAD…IN YOUR HANDS AND SAY ‘BOLLOCKS’” AS OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN SUFFERS FROM LYRICIST’S BLOCK!
1970; Bron-Yr-Aur, Wales: In a remote cottage in Wales Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant is trying to knock out a swift lyric to accompany the melody lead guitarist Jimmy Page has composed for the band’s fourth studio album. The finished song would go on to be iconic appearing in numerous listings as one of the … More “SHE’S BUYING A STAIRWAY TO………….THE OPTICIANS!” AS LED ZEPPELIN GET LYRICISTS BLOCK
A Penthouse Flat, New York. 1977: The singer-songwriter of international acclaim Billy Joel is putting the finishing touches to his forthcoming album ‘The Stranger.’ Not that he is aware of it yet but this album will in years to come be recognised as his magnum opus. The thing is presently he feels he needs a … More “SHE CAN KILL WITH A……………..CLUB HAMMER” AS BILLY JOEL SUFFERS FROM LYRICISTS BLOCK!
December 1968; São Paulo, Brazil: Mick Jagger and Keith Richard of The Rolling Stones are endeavouring to write a lyric for their forthcoming single. The chaps already have a melody for the song that they have named Honky Tonk Woman yet are stuck on the bloody lyric. Accompanying them in Brazil are their girlfriends Marianne … More “I MET A GIN SOAKED BAR-ROOM QUEEN IN……………THE CONFESSIONAL OF THE LOCAL CATHOLIC CHURCH” AS MICK AND KEITH SUFFER LYRICISTS BLOCK!