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Name That Tune

August 15, 2014

As a songwriter with four decades of experience, I would like to think that I know a thing or two about songs. Even as a youth of 14, I studied the “B-sides” of all the hit singles and got a pretty good handle on who was who.

Flash forward. In my kitchen here in Italy a couple of years ago, a friend casually mentions to me that Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was written by Paul Anka. “No damn way!” I protest. “I’m a songwriter and I knew Paul Anka!” Well, apparently I don’t know what I think I know. Yes, he wrote the song.

But why is it that I can recall that a group named The Thirteenth Floor Elevators recorded “You’re Going To Miss Me” and that “How is Julie?” is my favorite Lettermen cut? Is time making me tone deaf or has the music shuffle mechanism in my head gotten stuck? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately but I still have no answers.

So, for the fun of it, let me pose this question to my readers: How many of you know who wrote “Cotton Candy Dreams”, “Sand Castles” and “Three A.M.?”

I did….

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One Comment
  1. Michaeli permalink

    OK, Godfather Priest, I finally read your blog. See you in November!


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