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Today, I'm paying tribute to some of my favorite songwriters and the songs that inspire me as a writer. I can see I'm going to have to compose a few of these kinds of posts because I have many more to share with you!
The Kid by Buddy Mondlock. Steals my heart every time with this great opening line: "I'm the kid who ran away with the circus. Now I'm watering elephants." Mondlock takes us all the way to the Turkish Empire in this song about a dreamer. There's a bit of a love story in here, and even, Bogie makes an appearance.
Dad's Yard by Catie Curtis. This song reminds me of my late father. I can't get through this song without crying — it's the song that I chose for the Father-Daughter dance at my wedding. I love how Curtis crafted and sings this line: "He can see the beauty beneath the dust and the grime. He can see potential where the rest of us are blind." The objects in this song — cracked snowshoes and warped wooden skis — all these fine details really paint a picture.
75 Septembers by Cheryl Wheeler. Another song that reminds me of my dad. I performed this song at my very first open mic along with When Fall Comes to New England — another incredible song by Wheeler. Such amazing imagery that marks the passage of time: "Now the fields are all four lanes, and the moon's not just a name. Are you more amazed at how things change? Or how they stay the same?"