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Deep Cuts: Songs About Writing

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It seems that everyone harbors secret fantasies of being a writer. Those of us who do write find ourselves listening to friends’ story ideas. Those conversations often go on for several minutes, the characters and plot points piling up while we nod with interest and smile at the speaker’s enthusiasm. It’s surprising how much thought these folks have given stories that they never plan on writing.

And why don’t they plan on writing them? “Oh, I’m not a writer” is the most common explanation. Sure you are! That story and those characters sprang forth from your noggin, not mine. The only thing preventing you from calling yourself a writer is committing those ideas to paper.

Will it be a good story? Will you be able to sell it? Will anyone read it? Who cares–if you want to write, write.

Anyway, writing songs:


“Prelude, the Right To Write,” Pete Townshend.

“All I Can Do Is Write About It,” Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“I Could Write A Book,” Sonny Rollins.

“Screenwriter’s Blues,” Soul Coughing.

“Dead American Writers,” Tired Pony.

“Nothing To Write Home About,” Soul Asylum.

“Lady Writer,” Dire Straits.

“Writer’s Block,” Fatlip.


So there you have it: Eight songs from my personal playlist about writing. What did I miss? I’m listening.


5 replies »

  1. “Paperback Writer” – The Beatles
    “I Write the Songs” – Barry Manilow
    “Death of an Unpopular Poet” – Jimmy Buffett
    “The Letter” – The Box Tops
    “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read” – Asleep at the Wheel
    “Dear Dad” – Chuck Berry
    “Write Your Own Songs” – Willie Nelson
    “Return to Sender” – Elvis Presley
    “Tear Stained Letter” – Johnny Cash
    “Take a Letter, Maria” – R.B. Greaves


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