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5 Legendary Songwriters

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LEGENDARY SONGWRITER

Songs are an artistic form of expression through sound. When we term good music, it means the lyrics are well aligned with good chants in beautiful rendition. Songs are classified in different forms depending on the composition. We have songs under choral works such as art songs, pop songs, and folk songs. We have classifications by purpose sacred or secular, by style dance, ballad, lied or by time of origin renaissance or contemporary. Since time memorial,in every song sang, there has been the existence of a song-writer and the singer. The writers have not been as popular as the singer although sometimes they are one and the same person. Singers most often get all the praise. The songwriters however are more creative and with vast knowledge of the art of writing songs. Here are the legendary songwriters and there works produced.

DOLLY PARTON

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She is one of the most famous legendary female songwriter from Locust Ridge, Tennessee. She has won a number of country music and Grammy awards. She went to Naivishilee to study music. Her music was learnt from the church songs. In 1971, she did her first hit “Joshua” others followed like Jolene; I will always love you – which are her signature songs. Parton has been regarded as a prolific songwriter on her writing on country music songs with strong elements of folk music. She is the most honored female country performers of all time.

PAUL CRAFT

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He has written hits for Bobby Bare and Ray Stevens. He is a legendary country and bluegrass songs. He started his career in music in 1960s that were sharply worded with humor on heartbreak. This ability created an appeal to wide audience. The biggest of hits Moe Bandy’s ‘Hank Williams, you wrote my life’. He did his tunes with artists like the Eagles, Alison Krauss, and Bobby Bare among others. His composition was founded in his background and his own experiences.

ERVIN MAURICE DRAKE

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Born from a musical family in New York He is renowned for his song that he composed ‘It was a good year’, ‘Good morning heartache’ and “I believe”. He began his song writing over the years around World War II. He has written music and lyrics for the Broadway edition of ‘what makes Sammy Run’. Until his death, he remained an active songwriter and worked with young writers and remained to be known as a well-loved storyteller and songwriting historian.

RED LANE

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He is award-winning songwriter wrote such country classics as Tammy Wynette’s “till I get it right,’’ Merle Haggard’s ‘’ My own Kind of Hat among others. He signed songwriting contract with music publisher Buddy Killen. He has performed with Dottie West as a guitarist and front man.

KENNY ROGERS

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He is renowned as American legendary songwriter singer and record producer. He was born in Houston Texas in 1938. He released the coward of the county and The Gambler in 1978 having pursued his music career. In has had series of hits with country legend Dottie West with them top of the country charts. Kenny Rogers improved his songs writing skills from his background and day to day life. By this time, he is a true crossover artist with enormous success.

From the experience of the legendary song writers, most of them have as well become singers . They are know for writing songs for others and for themselves too. Well, their fame came from year of writing song and some being artist too for their own written songs.

 

 

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Writing the Blues

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The deep soulful walking bass, peppered with sultry guitar riffs, and lyrics that the audience can relate to are what has kept the blues as a music form alive. The blues arose from African American oral storytelling tradition and it is still possible to pick out some of these elements in the format. The blues are about the everyday problems in life, large and small.

The blues are about voicing your feelings. Misery loves company so the first step is to pick a problem that you want to talk about to the audience. Write that problem down in the first line. Now, say it again, repeating it in the second line. This drives the topic home. These first two lines must have 16 syllables in each line. This can change slightly, but the two lines must be exactly the same. The first two lines can be sung in a call and response, with one singer delivering the first line, and a second singer echoing. This hearkens to traditional African call and response singing styles.

The third line should state the first half of the solution or the consequence of the problem, or just the solution. The fourth line finishes that thought. They should be nearly the same number of syllables as the first two lines. The fourth and first line should rhyme. This is the basic blues format for a verse. Some artists vary this slightly, but a blues song must still stick to the rules to be considered a true blues song.

The most common form of blues songs is known as the 12 bar blues, or AAB, format. In this format there are two verses (A), followed by a refrain (B). There are several different ways to use this format in writing a blues song. The first A verse can pose the problem, with the second A verse expanding on the problem, instead of using one verse for the problem presentation. This allows the writer to include more details about the problem. The solution, or ultimate consequence, of the problem is included in the refrain. The question that the writer has to ask in the refrain is what will happen to the person, given the situation laid out in the first two verses.

The blues is a formal poetic form that helps people make connections with one another. Singing about our problems can make it better. You can write a blues song about any complaint in your life. Chances are you are not alone and someone else might be able to share in your experience. It is not unusual for blues audiences to offer words of support and encouragement, which can make both the audience and the performer, feel better. Shared experience is the heart and soul of the blues. The best part about writing the blues is that people will never tell you to stop complaining. The next time something gets you down, or you feel like the world is on your shoulders, turn it into a blues song. You never know, you just might be the next Muddy Waters.