Singer-Songwriters

I’m a child of the 70s.  I grew up listening to AM Radio.

In case you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love singer-songwriters.  Especially MALE singer-songwriters.  There are a few female singer-songwriters, like Sheryl Crow, who you will find in my CD collection, but mainly it’s a lot of very talented guys.

Please don’t hold it against me that I’m a “fanilow”.  Back in March 1977 I watched the “1st Barry Manilow Special” on TV and I’ve never been the same since.  I can’t help it.  Barry Manilow’s music continues to move me over 30 years later.  I still think of him as a singer-songwriter.  His best work, to date, in my humble opinion is 2001’s “Here at the Mayflower”.  Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

In my formative years during the 70s decade I listened to people like John Denver, James Taylor, Billy Joel and Elton John.  I also liked the music of the Bee Gees and the Eagles.  I was probably too young to realize that many of these artists wrote the songs they sang.  I just knew I liked what I heard.  For me, their music still stands the test of time to this very day.  I really miss John Denver.  I think if John were still alive today, he would have a lot to say to us and I hope we would be listening to him.

Later in the 70s and into the 80s it was performers like Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Daryl Hall and John Oates and Michael McDonald who caught my ear.

Fast forward to the 90s and I found Marc Cohn, Edwin McCain and Shawn Mullins.

In the new century I discovered John Mayer and James Blunt.  They and many others like them are still coming onto the music scene with their unique song-writing abilities.

Thanks to WYEP I’ve found some new (to me) singer-songwriters, like James McMurtry and John Hiatt.

I realize my taste in music and singer-songwriters leans toward Adult Contemporary.  But think about it, most of these acts are still around after 20 to 30+ years in the business.  They are actively recording, selling albums and placing albums on the charts.  They’re touring and filling up venues.  People apparently still want to hear their music and see them perform.  Perhaps it’s like comfort food for the ears.

I’m happy to say that the singer-songwriter music genre is alive and doing very well.  It seems like almost every artist we play on WYEP is a singer-songwriter.  I’m in awe of the talent that’s out there.  I hope to continue to discover new artists and expand my CD collection.

Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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