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Greatest Songwriters of All Time

malcolmxy
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1/12/2013 1:29:54 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Top Tier

Prince
Dolly Parton
Bob Dylan
Kris Kristofferson
McCartney/Lennon
Willie Nelson
Carole King
Holland/Dozier/Holland
Robert Diggs (RZA)
Keith Thornton (Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon/Matthew/Black Elvis/Dr. Dooom/etc)
Pete Townsend
Geezer Butler


Tier 2


George Harrison
Robert Plant
Kurt Cobain
Curtis Mayfield
Dennis DeYoung
Leonard Cohen
David Bowie
Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (Chuck D)
Damon Alburn

That's a good list to start. I know I missed some. Most of the top tier people were put there because of the sheer prolific nature with which they were able to pump out song after song after song...Everyone in tier two is obviously pretty awesome as well, but just didn't have the volume of catalog that those in the top had.

(**Say what you want to about Myley Cyrus, but her voice TOTALLY works for that song...I was just as surprised the 1st time I heard it, frankly**)
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1/15/2013 3:49:07 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
THE BEE-GEES AND ME

On hearing today, 21 May 2012, of the death of Robin Gibb yesterday, I wrote the following as a sort of, a type of, eulogy. It"s a personal reminiscence with more meaning to me as a poet and writer than it may have to those who read this at one of the several internet sites at which it is posted.-Ron Price, George Town, Tasmania, Australia.
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The Bee Gees were a musical group which originally comprised three brothers: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. They were 2 to 5 years younger than I and they began their musical careers as the Bee Gees in 1959 while living in Queensland Australia. I was in grade 10 at the time, was a big home-run hitter in a little town by the side of Lake Ontario in the Golden Horseshoe, was in love with a girl around the corner, and had just joined the Baha"i Faith.

The Bee Gees were successful for most of their decades of recording music. You can read about their story on Wikipedia. My success was as a teacher, and had none of the fame and wealth which came to the Bee Gees. Teachers can achieve fame in a small room, but wealth virtually always eludes them. The first distinct period of exceptional success for the Bee Gees was as a pop act in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were voted The Most Significant New Talent Of 1967, the same year I started my teaching career. I taught grade 3 among the Inuit on Baffin Island and was the only Baha"i in the District of Franklin: no fame, no name, no rank, no serial number.

The first period of their success, from 1965 to 1974, coincided with the only decade in my life during which I bought what were then called LPs. By the late "70s I was married with three kids. I was a teacher and had to reign-in the financial expenditures I had enjoyed in the decade I was first, a single man(1965-1967), and then in the years of my first marriage---when both my wife and I worked and we had no children: 1967-1975. By those late "70s, my life had taken a turn away from listening to music to deal with the demands of job-career, marriage-family, community-meetings, and health-life issues. The Bee Gees slipped to the periphery of my life and right off the edge as they went on to more fame and wealth.

Following Maurice's sudden death in January 2003, Barry and Robin Gibb retired the group's name after 45 years of activity. I, too, had retired by 2003 after a working life of 40 years. In 2009 Robin announced that he and Barry would re-form the Bee Gees and perform again. Robin died yesterday, on 20 May 2012 after a prolonged battle with cancer, leaving Barry as the last surviving Bee Gee.-Ron Price with thanks to Wikipedia, 21 May 2012.

It is said that some 2500 artists
have recorded your songs. And
when I took a sea-change in "99
the Post Office unveiled a set of
6 stamps honouring your music.

You started to call yourselves the
Bee Gees in 1959 when I was 15,
and had just become a Baha"i in
Canada. So both you and I have
celebrated 50 years of a centre--
piece of our identity"".But it
looks like the Bee Gees are not
any more as I, too, head into the
middle-years of late adulthood &
old-age(80+)".if I last that long.

I thank you for your delightful
sounds since "59 when I was in
my teens; since "71 when you 3
reunited & I moved to Australia.
It has been a long road since "59
and I wish you all well on that
road ahead wherever it may lead.

During our lives, as Yeats said:
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed"and
everywhere the ceremony of innocence
is drowned; the best lack all conviction while
the worst are full of that passionate intensity.

Ron Price
21 May 2012
Married for 48 years, a teacher for 32, a student for 18, a writer and editor for 16, and a Baha'i for 56(in 2015)
malcolmxy
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1/15/2013 10:03:58 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I forgot about the Gibb brothers. Definitely tier one.
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1/16/2013 5:50:43 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
The Beatles
James Taylor
Carole King
Bernie Taupin
David Bowie
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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1/16/2013 5:51:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Oh, the Bee Gees as well.
#UnbanTheMadman

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Get caught in ticking traps
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malcolmxy
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1/16/2013 11:41:03 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/16/2013 5:50:43 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
The Beatles
James Taylor
Carole King
Bernie Taupin
David Bowie

Bernie Taupin wrote We Built This City, which was performed by the newly names "Starship" at the time (what's wrong with airplanes, yo?).

He deserves to burn in the deepest, fieriest pit of hell for this transgression. I will, however, accept your addition of Bowie and reluctantly also accept James Taylor, even though I hate his brand of music, personally.

...Germans just don't get it (though, I love the Scorps)
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malcolmxy
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1/16/2013 11:46:16 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Also into tier 2, Eminem.

No one can weave a story into a rap song like the man can. He is a masterful emcee, which anyone should have realized from the moment he came on the larger stage if for no other reason than he had his coming out party through Dr. Dre.

Dre could find platinum, hit making talent in a morgue. When you diss Dre, you diss yourself. For realz.
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daytonanerd
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1/22/2013 6:54:22 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Freddie Mercury has to be on the top tier. Look at all the songs he wrote. Just look at them. I think it's a very good argument that Freddie could be the greatest songwriter of all time..
#FeeltheFreezerBern
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1/25/2013 12:28:54 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/16/2013 11:41:03 PM, malcolmxy wrote:
At 1/16/2013 5:50:43 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
The Beatles
James Taylor
Carole King
Bernie Taupin
David Bowie

Bernie Taupin wrote We Built This City, which was performed by the newly names "Starship" at the time (what's wrong with airplanes, yo?).

He deserves to burn in the deepest, fieriest pit of hell for this transgression.
I love that song.
I added him for Elton John though.
I will, however, accept your addition of Bowie and reluctantly also accept James Taylor, even though I hate his brand of music, personally.
RELUCTANTLY?
"Well the sun is surely sinking down, but the moon is slowly rising.
So this old world must still be spinning round and I still love you.

So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it's all right.
I don't know no love songs and I can't sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I'm gone.

It won't be long before another day, we gonna have a good time.
And no one's gonna take that time away. You can stay as long as you like.

So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it's all right.
I don't know no love songs and I can't sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I'm gone."



...Germans just don't get it (though, I love the Scorps)
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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1/30/2013 12:22:33 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
No such thing.
I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.

People who think they know everything are extremely irritating to those of us who do.

"If you believe in a god, just tell me why you don't believe in all the other gods. The reasons you give will be why I don't believe in yours." - Ricky THEGENIUS Gervais