There are songwriters that even I take for granted every day. Songwriters that have influenced my style, and have changed my life. Songwriters that changed the music world forever. Songwriters that said everything that I was feeling at a particular time. But, that being said, there’s one guy, who I’ve written an blog about before, who has the perfect song for every mood I’m in. He has funny songs. He has sad songs. He has happy songs. He has fast songs. He has slow songs. He has every kind of song I need to get through a day. That guy is John Prine. I didn’t realize until today that he’s written the perfect song for any mood you could ever be in. And I’ve never been able to figure out how he did it until now. His songs are the perfect songs for any mood, because he doesn’t try to lace the storyline in clever riddles or big words. He just tells it like it is. If his woman’s running away for no reason, he doesn’t say something like “Your roving eye rambles like the sky under the autumn stars as they sneak past a runaway train thing.” or some junk like that. He says “You’re out there running just to be on the run.”, which as any Prine fan knows, is from The Speed of The Sound of Loneliness. If you spent the weekend with the one you love, and you’ll have to be without her until the next weekend, the only thing in your mind is “It’s gonna be a long Monday.” Well, that’s a John Prine song, too. If your life’s a roller coaster, then “You’re up one day. The next you’re down.” That’s a John Prine song. He’s written life. Simple as that.
Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2e9wWFg-pI
Long Monday – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yrfWZU0ltM