Name dropping like mad ...

Inductees to SongHall Announced at reception Thursday, June 17 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Wowww look-e here ... the other evening due to my association and inclusion of my co-written song on The Best of the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcase: Volume 8 I got to attend the Gala evening -

Definitive Highlight was hearing Leonard Cohen speak and recite one verse of his awesome song Hallelujah as part of his acceptance speech . Really amazing to hear and see - glad I was there. An interesting diversion happened when I was researching the lines he spoke though - he is said to have written 80 verses initially over the course of 2 years and he whittled it down to 6 for his own version. When requested to send lyrics to John Cale for his version - John Cale is reputed to have received 15 verses.

Hallelujah -

I did my best; it wasn’t much.
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch.
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you.
And even though it all went wrong,
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah!


Bridge over troubled water
Another highlight was hearing Paul Simon describe the writing of his song "Bridge over troubled water" He said he wrote it quickly in NYC and felt it came quickly like a gift - He said "I'd like to accept this award on behalf of 'Bridge over Troubled water' who couldn't be here tonight..." Hehe... so he initially wanted it played like a Gospel song in the vein of 'Mary don't you weep' which he was listening to at the time of writing. He also was 'forced' by his producer to write a third verse once in studio even though he still feels it was a two verse song. I suppose if Paul was in Ireland he'd be affectionately called "Wee Paul"

I love the Chicago song sorry can't help it - " Everybody needs a little time away" and saw and heard David Foster and Peter Cetera do a great job on piano and voice...


SHOF
New York, NY – February 16, 2010 – Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, SHOF Chairman/CEO Hal David announced today. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world,

“Our 2010 inductees are truly representational of the heart and soul of the world’s Popular Music soundtrack,” commented Chairman/CEO Hal David. “We are looking forward to another memorable evening where we honor their extraordinary accomplishments.”

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