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 Posted: Tue Sep 17th, 2019 02:40 am
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I've been watching a lot of AXS TV lately and they have a new show Mixtape where lots of musicians share their 6 to 10 songs that they would have on a mixtape of influential music. I've frequently thought about some of the songs that influence my writing. My challenge is, share your fantasy mix tape of 6 to 10 songs that influences your writing, regardless of genre. Id like it to include the song title, writer(s) and recording artist.
I'm going to start the ball rolling.

Bunny's Songwriter Mixtape

1. Love at the Five and Dime. - Nanci Griffith - Nanci Griffith
2. Pancho and Lefty. - Townes Van Sant - Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
3. City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman - Arlo Guthrie, et al.
4. Hello in There - John Prine - John Prine; Bette Midler
5. I Scare Myself - Dan Hicks - Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
6. Louise - Paul Seibel - Leo Kottke
7. Love Has No Pride - Eric Kaz , Libby Titus- Bonnie Raitt
8. Stormy Monday - T Bone Walker - The Allman Brothers Band
9. Try A Little Tenderness - J Campbell, R Connelly, HM Woods - Otis Redding; Jimmy Durante ( included my fave 2 versions)
10. Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael- Willie Nelson version

So theres where I get some of my inspiration. The challenge is on. Have fun , I look forward to seeing your lists. Happy Mixtape


Bunny

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Ok. I'll play :)
These are songs that have influenced me.

1. Miles from nowhere - Cat Stevens
2. Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
3. You've got a friend - Carole King / James Taylor
4. Lament - Ultravox
5. Imagine - John Lennon
6. The Lebanon - Human League
7. Ship of fools - World Party
8. Vincent - Don McLean
9. Hotel California - Eagles
10. Mr Blue Sky - ELO



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Nice List ...3 or 4 of those were on my almost made it list...



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Okay Bunny, The criteria I used was: (1) I had to know it by heart, (2) I had to have use it as an inspiration to my writing, and (3) I had to have researched it. As follows:

1. The Man I Love - Ira and George Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald
2. How Much I Feel - David Pack, Ambrosia
3. Broken-hearted Me - Randy Goodrum, Anne Murray
4. Tales Of Brave Ulysses - Eric Clapton, Martin Sharp, Cream
5. Lyin’ Eyes - Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Eagles
6. Your Song - Elton John, Bernie Taupin
7. Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt
8. Farther Down The Line - Lyle Lovett
9. Suzanne - Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins
10. The City Of New Orleans -Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie

Note: not a comprehensive list.

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Charles, I love it...Im glad to see Steve Goodman ...but also something from the American Standards Catalog (Gershwin) Nice choices and they show in your writing.

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In no particular order. Let me preface that almost any George Jones song has been influential but even he did some I can’t stand.

1. Bartenders Blues-George Jones
2. Chiseled in Stone-Vern Gosdin
3. From Here to the Door-Johnny Paycheck
4. Heaven Can’t Be Found- Hank Jr.
5. Whole Lot of Lonesome- David Allan Coe
6. The Note- Daryle Singletary
7. It’s Not Over if I’m not over you- Mark Chesnutt
8. Dr. Jesus-Ken Mellons
9. Everyone Has Someone They Can’t Forget-Conway Twitty
10. Heavy Dose of You-Mickey Lamantia



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MP. Great list..reads like the hall of fame. Having seen pieces that you have posted. I can see how these songs have influeced your work, for sure.

Thanks for indulging...Bunny



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Thanks Bunny, fun topic. I hated to narrow it down so much because I feel I cheated a few artists, and songs, but you got the idea.



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Interesting topic.

I have a different view of influences than most.
Spend a lot of time listening to music I could never hope to play.
Most impressed with artists that I could never emulate.
Or if I do, it is something subtle. Like guitar tone, or a rhythm.
Maybe others can hear these influences in my music.

I tend to listen to whole albums rather than individual songs.
These albums would be in my top picks.
Many of these I owned as vinyl before buying the CD.

- Sketch

01) On Every Street - Dire Straits
02) Aja - Steely Dan
03) The Green Album - Weezer
04) One By One - Foo Fighters
05) Ten Summoner's Tales - Sting  
06) Layla - Derek and the Dominoes
07) Tres Hombres - ZZ Top 
08) Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
09) Moondance - Van Morrison
10) Abbey Road - The Beatles





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I think I’ll follow Sketch’s lead and do albums instead of songs.
Here are my favorites and the inspiration for everything I’ve ever written.
In no particular order.

The Beatles - Revolver and Rubber Soul
Robert Johnson - Complete Collection
Nirvana - In Utero and Nevermind
Alice in Chains - Dirt and Jar of Flies
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Pink Floyd - The Wall and Wish You Were Here
Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
Slipknot - Slipknot
Megadeth - Peace Sells and Rust in Peace
Leadbelly - Definitive Leadbelly
Joni Mitchell - Clouds
Hank Williams - Memorial Album
Patsy Cline - Showcase
Deftones - Around the Fur
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

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samiamiamsam wrote: I think I’ll follow Sketch’s lead and do albums instead of songs.
Here are my favorites and the inspiration for everything I’ve ever written.
In no particular order.

The Beatles - Revolver and Rubber Soul
Robert Johnson - Complete Collection
Nirvana - In Utero and Nevermind
Alice in Chains - Dirt and Jar of Flies
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Pink Floyd - The Wall and Wish You Were Here
Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
Slipknot - Slipknot
Megadeth - Peace Sells and Rust in Peace
Leadbelly - Definitive Leadbelly
Joni Mitchell - Clouds
Hank Williams - Memorial Album
Patsy Cline - Showcase
Deftones - Around the Fur
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

That's interesting, Sam.

That Black Sabbath album was very important. I was a teen when it came out.
I remember trying to sing the intro to Iron Man through a window fan. (for effect) - lol
Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark, also comes to mind. My introduction to Tom Scott and the
LA Express. (Larry Carlton and Joe Sample) Who were on the first Michael Franks album,
The Art of Tea. (a must-hear album) I'm a big Alice in Chains fan as well. And Nirvana, to
some extent. HUGE Dave Grohl fan. (mostly Foo Fighters)

- Sketch

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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
samiamiamsam wrote: I think I’ll follow Sketch’s lead and do albums instead of songs.
Here are my favorites and the inspiration for everything I’ve ever written.
In no particular order.

The Beatles - Revolver and Rubber Soul
Robert Johnson - Complete Collection
Nirvana - In Utero and Nevermind
Alice in Chains - Dirt and Jar of Flies
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Pink Floyd - The Wall and Wish You Were Here
Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
Slipknot - Slipknot
Megadeth - Peace Sells and Rust in Peace
Leadbelly - Definitive Leadbelly
Joni Mitchell - Clouds
Hank Williams - Memorial Album
Patsy Cline - Showcase
Deftones - Around the Fur
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

That's interesting, Sam.

That Black Sabbath album was very important. I was a teen when it came out.
I remember trying to sing the intro to Iron Man through a window fan. (for effect) - lol
Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark, also comes to mind. My introduction to Tom Scott and the
LA Express. (Larry Carlton and Joe Sample) Who were on the first Michael Franks album,
The Art of Tea. (a must-hear album) I'm a big Alice in Chains fan as well. And Nirvana, to
some extent. HUGE Dave Grohl fan. (mostly Foo Fighters)

- Sketch



I'm a big fan of Larry Carlton. He did all the best guitar solos for Steely Dan.
His solo on Kid Charlemagne is unbelievable.
I like the solo for Peg too. Can't remember who did that one but it was great.



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Sketch and Sam, Albums are cool...Lots of those on my big flash drive that I keep in the car.. Other than Americana/Country my tastes ran more toward The Clash,The Tubes, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, in the 80s in the 70s it was the Allmans and of course Marshall Tucker (being from SC) as well as every blues album I could find. And of course Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper's and Thick as a Brick were a must have in my opinion.

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bunnythesinger wrote: Sketch and Sam, Albums are cool...Lots of those on my big flash drive that I keep in the car.. Other than Americana/Country my tastes ran more toward The Clash,The Tubes, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, in the 80s in the 70s it was the Allmans and of course Marshall Tucker (being from SC) as well as every blues album I could find. And of course Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper's and Thick as a Brick were a must have in my opinion.

Bunny

I was a big fan of the Allman Bros and the Marshall Tucker Band, as well.
Especially Duane Allman with my slide guitar playing. Was also a HUGE fan of Johnny Winter.
The Second Winter album was my first exposure. Also loved Johnny Winter And - Live
And the little-known studio album - Johnny Winter And, which was really great but mostly ignored.
An early appearance of Rick Derringer, and some great songwriting on that album.

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samiamiamsam wrote:I'm a big fan of Larry Carlton. He did all the best guitar solos for Steely Dan.
His solo on Kid Charlemagne is unbelievable.
I like the solo for Peg too. Can't remember who did that one but it was great.

Jay Graydon is credited with the guitar solo on Peg - Steely Dan

It was typical for Steely Dan to hire several studio musicians to record solos for them.
They would pick the one they preferred and put it on the record.

Reelin' in the Years, soloist Elliott Randall, as the story goes, was shocked to
hear his solo on the radio. Not knowing that his solo had been chosen. - lol

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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
samiamiamsam wrote:I'm a big fan of Larry Carlton. He did all the best guitar solos for Steely Dan.
His solo on Kid Charlemagne is unbelievable.
I like the solo for Peg too. Can't remember who did that one but it was great.

Jay Graydon is credited with the guitar solo on Peg - Steely Dan

It was typical for Steely Dan to hire several studio musicians to record solos for them.
They would pick the one they preferred and put it on the record.

Reelin' in the Years, soloist Elliott Randall, as the story goes, was shocked to
hear his solo on the radio. Not knowing that his solo had been chosen. - lol

- Sketch



I watched a documentary on YouTube recently about Steely Dan’s recording process.
It was very interesting how they did it. They are probably the best studio band of all time.
All of their records sound perfect.
Yeah, Jay Graydon. That’s the guy who did the solo on Peg. Thanks!
That’s funny how all those guys would come into the studio and lay down tracks, never knowing if they would make the cut until they heard the song on the radio months later. lol



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Quick note guys... Paul Shaffer will interview Donald Fagen on AXS TV on his new show Paul Shaffer Plus One, Oct 13, 8 pm. Lineups look good for this...Billy Gibbons Oct 6 and Buddy Guy Oct 20. Just an FYI...they may show up on you tube after broadcast.



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bunnythesinger wrote: Quick note guys... Paul Shaffer will interview Donald Fagen on AXS TV on his new show Paul Shaffer Plus One, Oct 13, 8 pm. Lineups look good for this...Billy Gibbons Oct 6 and Buddy Guy Oct 20. Just an FYI...they may show up on you tube after broadcast.
Thanks for the heads-up, Bunny.

There is already a YouTube channel (AXS TV) with some trailers. Looks to be a good series.

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Here's my 10 songs. This is off the top of my head - I could have included any one of thousands. A more eclectic mix you won't find! :

Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
Afterglow – Small Faces
Inside Looking Out(Live) – Grand Funk Railroad
Sunday Papers – Joe Jackson
She – Green Day
High School – The MC5
Maybe I’m Amazed(Live) – The Faces
Nathan Jones – Supremes
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Temptations
First Thing In The Morning – Kiki Dee

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Wow! What a great collection and you're right...very ecclectic. Interestingly, As a huge GFR fan from back in the day, yeah I'm old enough to remember when they weren't GFR, I recently was shocked to discover a copy of an old Animals vinyl from 1966 of Inside Looking Out. Never realized it had been a cover. Of course, I liked the GFR version better. Only a couple on your list I didnt immediately recognize ...guess I got some listening to do. Thanks for the list.

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