Thursday, 6 October 2011

Make Me Smile

Song writing was easy for John Lennon, who famously said, "Just say what it is, simple English, make it rhyme, and put a backbeat on it."

He might have also added, "A bit of a sense of humour always helps too."

It's not universally so, but I find many of my favourite songs don't take themselves too seriously, even when they are expressing anger, pain and fear.

One of the masters of this was Warren Zevon.  Just a few random samples:

Put me through some changes, Lord
Sort of like a Waring Blender

Send lawyers, guns and money
Dad, get me out of this

Accidently like a martyr
The hurt gets worse and the heart gets harder

Zevon must have studied Shakespeare, because he was a master at comic relief.  Dark situations all, but he gives you an out.  He's not taking it seriously, so you don't have to either.

On the other hand, if you identify with the pain, go ahead and feel lousy.

Your call:  rock on or crap out.  Backbeats, rhymes - and user choice.  Cool.

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