Friday, November 05, 2010


The work of one mind is a glorious thing. Newton worked alone; so did Einstein. All of the great classical music composers worked alone as did the Dutch painters. Cole Porter composed songs alone as did Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman, John Prine, Bob McDill, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Dennis Linde, Hugh Prestwood, Loudon Wainwright, III, Don McLean, Jim Croce, Donovan, John Sebastian, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Tom T. Hall, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and so many more. The engineers who devised the atom bomb, however, worked in concert. Therefore, songs written by more than one person are devised to kill – not people – but the purity of songwriting.


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