I Write The Songs 57

I Write The Songs 57 – Theme: International women’s day – Human first – dedicated to our sisters, mothers, daughters and wives around the world; from me to my mum who, along with 6 other phenomenal women, created the Association Against Violence Against Women in Cameroon to fight the upsurge of violence against women (brought more to prominence by the 1991 happenings in their environment), of the attackers’ impunity, the people’s complicity, and the victims’ powerlessness. They are … Read on…

KD Lang: I Write The Songs 54

KD Lang I Write The Songs 54 – part 1 KD Lang, Constant craving (songwriter of the week) Leonard Cohen, So long Marianne Daria Kulesh, Tamed (feat Ben Walker) Rufus Wainwright, Complainte de la butte KD Lang, Miss Chatelaine I Write The Songs 54 – part2 (theme: poems) Bob Dylan, Like a rolling stone Carla Bruni,Lady at the crossroads music by Carla Bruni set to lyrics from the poem by W. H. Auden Bob Dylan, … Read on…

Roland Orzabal: I Write The Songs 49

Roland Orzabal: I Write The Songs 49 – features songwriter of the week Roland Orzabal and quite a lot of his ventures with band Tears for fears, original or covered. Roland Orzabal: I Write The Songs 49 – part 1 Woman in chains, Tears for Fears Roland Orzabal’s duet with Oleta Adams Roland Orzabal is our songwriter of the week – Lo-Fang, You’re the one that i want (John Farrar), 2014 Norah Jones, Shoot the … Read on…

I Write The Songs #43

Burt Bacharach

Special Burt Bacharach and Brazil World cup 2014 Dream a little dream of me, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (music: Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt; lyrics by Gus Kahn cover), from c.1931 Somethin’ stupid, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman (written by C. Carson Parks and best known in the hit version by Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy Sinatra) These are the days, Jamie Cullum (Ben Cullum), 2003, England Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple Royals, Lorde, 2013, New Zealand … Read on…

WSS Playlist – Best Of 2013

The various contributors at WSS give you a taste of 2013 music by Singer-Songwriters worldwide. The list is edited by Mateo James and is also available as a Youtube Playlist. Every single night, Fiona Apple Fiona Apple takes the time to mould her songs from her inner complex riches and it echoes in the precise instrumentation, the sleek lyricism and the integrity of the delivery. Honest and witty introspection triumphs. Tiki I Ride at Dawn, Ben … Read on…

I write the songs #28

For the first 2014 playlist, we had a best of 2013 and where the songs were missing we put the artists nonetheless, with a previous one of their lovely tracks. Rowing Song, Patty Griffin, 3:26, 2004, USA Nobody told me / Talk me down / Carry on, Willy Mason You know, Laura Marling, 2013, UK You’ve got the trees, Alex Highton, 2013, UK Back to the River, Lily and Madeleine, 2013, USA Where are we … Read on…

I write the songs #23

Feeling Good, Nina Simone, 2.53, 1965, USA Here comes the sun, George Benson, x ,USA Lady Weeping At The Crossroads, Carla Bruni Walk Us Uptown, Elvis Costello and The Roots I Try, Macy Gray, I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash, Every Single Night, Fiona Apple, All Along The Washtower, Bob Dylan, Sorry, Karine Polwart, You’ve Got The Trees, Alex Highton, Fire On The Mountain, Asa, Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Coat Of Many Colours, Dolly Parton, Grace, … Read on…

Singer-Songwriters

Traditionally, Singer-Songwriters are artists-entertainers who perform the musical material they compose (melodies) and write (lyrics, where relevant) often accompanying themselves on an instrument.  In their musical creations, the singer-songwriter tend to explore a wide array of issues, from topical ones to those common across time or space. These might be political, pertaining to fantasy or realistic/pragmatic, introspective (sometimes sensitive or even confessional) or relational including romantic or the opposite. In looking for common grounds among … Read on…

Fiona Apple, An Extraordinary Machine

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple writes, composes and performs her personal songs with alternative rock and decadent jazz accents as well as world-inspired tones. She has a way with words that betrays her heartfelt and honest lyrics to their core. She sings of how she feels and this is literal music integrity: there is nothing in a Fiona Apple song that is not Fiona Apple, the self-penned extraordinary machine, be it in her depressions and self-loathing, or more … Read on…

I Write The Songs #16

Theme: The many faces of love Love Is A Losing Game, Amy Whinehouse, 2.35, 2007, UK Lilac Wine, Jeff Buckley, 4.32, 1994, USA Never Is A Promise, Fiona Apple, 5.54, 1996, USA Love Is Like A Butterfly, Dolly Parton, 2.20, 1974, USA L’amoureuse, Carla Bruni, 3.04, 2008, France/Italy Mad About You, Sting, 3.53, 1991, UK Music Box, Mariah Carey, 4.58, 1993, USA Back To The River, Lily & Madeleine, 3.55, 2013, USA Orinoco Flow, Enya, … Read on…