15 January 2009

Booking through Thursday: Songs

Here is this week's Booking through Thursday. For the complete meme and to see other answers, be sure to visit Deb's BTT blog here.

If you’re anything like me, there are songs that you love because of their lyrics; writers you admire because their songs have depth, meaning, or just a sheer playfulness that has nothing to do with the tunes. So, today’s question? What songs . . . either specific songs, or songs in general by a specific group or writer . . . have words that you love? Why? And . . . do the tunes that go with the fantastic lyrics live up to them?

I have just two words: Bob Dylan.

Okay, I'll a few other words: Bill Staines, Nanci Griffith, Chery Wheeler, and many other folkies.

20 comments:

Sandy Nawrot 1/15/09, 6:45 AM  

I have always been amazed at the eclectic, prolific writing of Elvis Costello. He has written thousands of songs, and some of them are so mind-blowing. The music is equally as good. He is just as good now as he was thirty years ago!

Beth F 1/15/09, 7:33 AM  

Sandy: Oh. I totally forgot about EC. Yes, he's amazing too. That's what I get for answering these memes on my first cup of coffee!

Kathy 1/15/09, 7:54 AM  

My husband would agree with you on Bob Dylan. Great choice. =) Hope you have a wonderful day.

bermudaonion 1/15/09, 8:57 AM  

Oh my gosh - I have a friend I need to introduce you to. She goes all over the place to Dylan concerts and has made a website for Larry Campbell.

Mojo 1/15/09, 9:46 AM  

I love Dylan's songs... but I usually love them better when somebody else is singing them.

I like virtually any kind of music you can name, and a lot of my favorite songs have no words at all. They don't need them. And the list of songs I love -- both lyrically and musically is far too long to put in a comment -- or even a full post. But a few that leap to mind might be:
Everybody's Fool - Evanescence
Le Chale - Sunidhi Chauhan (and others from the soundtrack of the movie My Brother Nikhil)
Where or When from the score of Oklahoma, especially the cover version by Dave Edmunds on his Get It album.
It Just Ain't Your Moon from Atlanta Rhythm Section's Dog Days.
And since somebody mentioned Elvis Costello, Allison and Girls Talk
Oh, and in that same vein Joe Jackson's One to One and Breaking Us In Two
Triumph did a fun little number called Suitcase Blues on Just a Game
And there's a little known band called Bonepony out of Nashville that had a song called Where The Water's Deep on their debut Stomp Revival that I love.
Pat Benatar's done a whole book full of stuff that I never get tired of...
Oh! Crosby Stills Nash & Young (and the various combinations thereof) are always good for some insightful lyrics.
Mmm... Storyville's Good Day For The Blues on their debut album A Piece of Your Soul (Actually that whole album kicks butt!)

I could go on (and on, and on, and...) but this comment's already longer than the original post so I'll quit.

Kat 1/15/09, 11:00 AM  

Bob Dylan is definitely a classic. My favorites are more recent. You can read about it here. Cheers!

*claire* 1/15/09, 11:26 AM  

Bob Dylan's lyrics are beautiful. If only I could make my list so long.. :)

den 1/15/09, 1:37 PM  

SBob Dylan: short and sweet, and a great choice ^_^

Terri 1/15/09, 2:23 PM  

Great choices - Cheryl Wheeler, yeah. And Dylan sort of goes without saying.

sherry 1/15/09, 2:56 PM  

I like how Nanci Griffith covers Dylan's songs.

Boots of Spanish Leather

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1KxthvX1Ms

gorgeous

~ nite swimming ~

Belle @ MsBookish 1/15/09, 5:51 PM  

Guess what our younger son's name is, and why (nope, not Bob)? ;) Love your choices!

mattviews 1/15/09, 6:06 PM  

This is the longest and most time-consuming answer I’ve ever done for BTT. I like lyrics that speak to me and yes, hit a sore spot in me.

Beth F 1/15/09, 6:07 PM  

If you don't know Nanci Griffith, be sure to check out the link left by Sherry.

And Belle: And it's such a great name anyway!

Frances 1/15/09, 7:54 PM  

Excellent choice! I love simplicity. Went for a one artist answer myself - Elvis Costello. Parallels with Dylan too - brilliant lyricists and distinctive vocals.

Michele at Reader's Respite 1/15/09, 8:23 PM  

I tried to name my daughter Dylan, but Mr RR said no. He has no musical taste in my opinion.

Excellent choice!

Beth F 1/16/09, 7:27 AM  

Michele: I'm just shaking my head at Mr. RR.

Rebecca 1/16/09, 3:59 PM  

Bob Dylan is a very good one.

Literary Feline 1/16/09, 9:07 PM  

Bob Dylan is a brilliant song writer. I am not much of a fan of his own singing, but I like many of his songs.

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