I thought I should write a small explanation for the series of cover song videos I will be posting. As I listen to and watch various music videos on You Tube or Face Book, I am always
impressed by the excellent level of instrumental ability, dancing ability, singing ability and technical work, (staging,lighting, editing, etc), achieved by the new generation of creative artists. On the other hand, I am not so impressed with their song writing skills. I think that we, as musicians, have concentrated far too long on rhythm and arrangements, and not enough on melody or song structure.
This all begs the question: What makes a great song great?
In my opinion, a great song has the following characteristics:
- Great Melody
- Great Lyrics
- Great emotion or image impact
- The inexplainable power to grab and keep your attention from the beginning to the end.
In order to demonstrate my argument, I am going to play and sing songs from various song writers, who have proven over and over, that they understood what makes a great song great. The artists are ALL people who have written any number of great songs. There will be no „one hit wonder“ artists represented.
Starting with Willie Nelson…
… and German songwriter Herbert Grönemeyer: