With the passing of Glen Campbell last week, many writers and authorities are commenting on the supersonic hit written in a few hours by Jimmy Webb and recorded in one afternoon in 1968. It was an immediate hit and permanently lifted Campbell from the country music genre to being a far-ranging popular artist.
Mother Lauryn, I want to tell you. Your words have helped me to endure all that has come with being a young intellectual African woman.
The music will live on forever.
The process of writing can feel like tapping into something primal which is a kind of life force outside of myself. This is very freeing. As a musician and songwriter I find I need music, and start to feel depressed if I can't experience it.
We all know that music can affect your mood. The 'Eye of the Tiger' could have you fist pumping for joy one moment and Celine Dion has rendered you to tears the next (obviously the song choices are subject to musical taste...).
There are only seven types of story in the world. And thanks to the books we read, and the films and TV shows we watch, we've experienced them all hundreds of times...
I believe if you are really true to yourself, then nobody can sound like you. Thanks to Joni, Tori and Bjork, I learned a fearlessness in creating my art and exploring the musical landscape, thanks mums!
Mariah Carey's festive hit 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' is a wonderfully upbeat and heartwarming Christmas tune, but
Emma Watson's powerful speech to bolster efforts for gender equality has inspired a rock band to write a song about it. Last