A BEAUTIFUL SONG

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

‘HELLO DARKNESS MY OLD FRIEND, I’VE COME TO….TELL HER SHE’S GOT A SUBLIME REAR END’ as PAUL SIMON STRUGGLES WITH LYRICIST’S BLOCK!

New York City, 1964: Paul Simon is home alone trying without success to pen the lyric for the song, ‘The Sound of Silence’. You see poor Paul is suffering from lyricist’s block. At this juncture he plainly has no conception of the fact that one day ‘The Sound of Silence’ will be one of the … More ‘HELLO DARKNESS MY OLD FRIEND, I’VE COME TO….TELL HER SHE’S GOT A SUBLIME REAR END’ as PAUL SIMON STRUGGLES WITH LYRICIST’S BLOCK!

‘YOU NEVER CLOSE YOUR EYES ANYMORE WHEN I KISS YOUR….SISTER’ – a case of lyricists block!

  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!

“WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH A STORM HOLD YOUR HEAD…IN YOUR HANDS AND SAY ‘BOLLOCKS’” AS OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN SUFFERS FROM LYRICIST’S 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!

“FLY ME TO THE MOON AND LET ME PLAY AMONGST THE…….CRATERS” AS COMPOSER BART HOWARD STRUGGLES WITH LYRICIST’S BLOCK!

1954, Venue – Carmel, New York: Acclaimed songwriter Bart Howard who has worked with Cole Porter has been busy all morning trying to knock out a swift song.  Ten years on the song, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ will be a smash hit for none other than Frank Sinatra yet right now Bart is a … More “FLY ME TO THE MOON AND LET ME PLAY AMONGST THE…….CRATERS” AS COMPOSER BART HOWARD STRUGGLES WITH LYRICIST’S BLOCK!

‘IMAGINE THERE’S NO……………………CLEAN KNICKERS IN THE CHEST OF DRAWERS’ AS JOHN LENNON SUFFERS LYRICISTS BLOCK!

Tittenhurst Park, England; May 1971: John Lennon has it in mind to really kick off his solo career by writing a belter of a song – a guaranteed best seller. Just one problem though for whilst John has already mapped out the melody as he sits down at his piano with his lover Yoko Ono … More ‘IMAGINE THERE’S NO……………………CLEAN KNICKERS IN THE CHEST OF DRAWERS’ AS JOHN LENNON SUFFERS LYRICISTS BLOCK!

BUSKING IN BERLIN

What I have here is one of many lyrics my son George has written. He has just finished University gaining a ‘first’ in Music Technology and whilst the link below is only for a demo version of the melody the lyric is set to I rather like it and thought it worth sharing here on … More BUSKING IN BERLIN