As part of my development as a songwriter I regularly study the work of the true masters of song. The idea is that by researching the greats I can learn about their craft and try to apply certain aspects to my songwriting in turn. My latest subject is James Taylor. Here is a collection of my thoughts.
Steamroller is a great case of the blues, the last verse he declares "I'm a napalm bomb" - what a fantastic line, fits in so well with the rest of the lyric and takes the song
I wrote my first song in 2003, in my bedroom in Nottingham. Me and my good housemate Martin co-wrote an effort entitled "Okay". It was okay. I wrote the music, strumming aggressively away at my new Fender electric bought over the summer, Martin (an English student) penned the words. We didn't care what anyone thought - we achieved something, we had created. Back then I figured songwriting was a good way to have my say on the world and everything in it. What I learned over the