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SONGS OF OUR LIVES-BY JOHN EMMS

I don’t want to sound hokey, but honestly I don’t know where I would be if I did not have a wealth of songs to rely on to get me through. 

 To let me dream, to let me laugh, to make me think.  No BS here folks certain songs just envelop me for decades. 

I don’t mean my own songs. Sure, my own songs are important when I perform them, you can bet I’m digging deep. I’m talking about the songs that made me believe rock n’ roll was an art form. 

Early on I put my faith in the music of Van Morrison, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Band, Bob Dylan and a bit later Bruce Springsteen and the wonderful E Street Band, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Yeah, those bands or artists that could really write a song.  And then blow you away in a live context.

Of course Canadian artists like Tom Cochrane, Blue Rodeo  and many others hit the mark.  For the last 15 or so years blues music makes me happy. I can sit down and watch hours of blues orientated stuff from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, Downchild Blues Band, Jack De Keyzer, Jeff  Healey, Old Muddy Waters shows, Buddy Guy or the Allman Brothers Band.

I could name 30 or 40 more but you get the idea. If film is an art form then I have no doubt songs are. Maybe that’s why soundtracks have become so important to any movie.

I used to think maybe it was just my youth from 16 to 30 years of age.

Wrong. Through the years I have a lot of interests and things have become a little calmer and more thought out.  But songs to this day have  never let me down and I believe they are therapy for what ails us.

JOHN EMMS is a musician, radio show host http://emms.podbean.com/ and veteran music journalist

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