All about the writing

It’s not obvious – in fact it’s often completely overlooked – but the truth is that in every high quality performance in the arts, including literature, the writing is the key.  You can have great singers, great musicians, great actors and directors, and great editors, but the foundation of it all – the one unswerving essential – is the writing, and it is so across the board.

The greatest songs, the ones that rise above the rest – Paul McCartney’s Yesterday; Otis Redding’s Dock of the Bay; Elton John’s Daniel; Sparrow’s Jean and Dinah; Black Stalin’s, Black Man Feeling To Party; Joe Cocker’s Up Where We Belong; Amazing Grace (it could take pages) – we associate those songs with the performers and the stirring renditions, but in every case, the songs were great long before they were sung because of the writer.  Frank Sinatra brought us a song in My Way that will live forever; bands play it;  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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