Tuesday, April 22, 2008

So it goes

I haven't been keeping up thoroughly with the songwriters' blog that the New York Times is hosting, but today there was a particularly interesting blog by Roseanne Cash in which she explains the creation of a song, via email, with songwriting partner Joe Henry.

Henry is one of those singer-songwriters who is admired by fellow songwriters, and by critics, but is largely ignored by the listening public. His latest album, Civilians, found its way onto a lot of top 10 lists at the end of last year.

This songwriters' email exchange, and the finished demo (included in the Times blog) demonstrates how talented he is, and how a gifted songwriter like Cash benefits from having a co-writer.

BTW, another Nick Lowe addendum. Lowe wrote a great song titled So It Goes, on his debut solo album, Jesus of Cool, just remastered and re-released.

"So it goes," was a signature phrase of Billy Pilgrim, the main character in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.

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