...in 2016

18th December 2016

Midnight Rambler, credited to Jagger/Richards, was principally a Mick song from the Stones’ 1969 album, Let It Bleed. The song is a loose biography of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed to being the Boston Strangler. Check it out on the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards page!

I’ll be taking a break now for the holidays. Have a great time. I’ll see you in the New Year!

14th December 2016

Foxy Lady, written by Jimi Hendrix is featured on the 1968 album Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Check it out on the Jimi Hendrix page!

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, written by Maurice Mysels and Ira Kosloff was a 1956 single released by Elvis Presley. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

8th December 2016

All I Wanna Do, written by Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell and Kevin Gilbert, from Sheryl Crow’s 1994 album Tuesday Night Music Club.

Private Idaho, written by Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Ricardo Wilson and Cindy Wilson from the 1980 album Wild Plant by The B-52s.

Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

3rd December 2016

Classical Gas, written by Mason Williams featured on the 1968 album The Mason Williams Phonograph Record.

Goodbye To Love was written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis and featured on The Carpenters’ 1972 album A Song For You. Check out both songs in Odd Ditties!

27th November 2016

Five songs from Alanis’s 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. Here are Head Over Feet, Ironic, Perfect, You Learn and You Oughta Know, written by Alanis Morisette and Glen Ballard.

Check them all out on the Alanis Morisette page!

20th November 2016

A Natural Woman was written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Jerry Wexler and featured on Aretha Franklin’s 1967 album Lady Soul.

I Think It’s Going To Rain Today is a Randy Newman song from his eponymous 1967 album. Marie is featured on his 1974 album Good Old Boys. Check them all three out in Odd Ditties!

14th November 2016

A Case Of You is a song by Joni Mitchell from her 1971 album Blue, featuring Joni on Appalachian Dulcimer, and James Taylor on acoustic guitar. Check it out on the Joni Mitchell page.

Turn is a song written by Fran Healy that appeared on Travis’s 1999 album The Man Who   Check it out in Odd Ditties.

9th November 2016

Say A Little Prayer was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick. It was a huge hit for Dionne in 1967 and can be found on the 1967 album Windows on the World. Check it out on the Burt Bacharach & Hal David page.

And here, too, are Where Is My Friend, Little Bull and Million To One by Nerina Pallot, released on her 2014 EP Little Bull. Check them out on the Nerina Pallot page.

3rd November 2016

Somewhere In Brooklyn and Talking To The Moon, both written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, were first released on Mars’s 2010 “emo” EP, It's Better If You Don't Understand, and both were bonus tracks on the European release of the 2010 album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Check them out on the brand new Bruno Mars page!

And here, too, are Eleven and Yes, December: two songs from Nerina Pallot’s 2011 EP Yes, December. Check them out on the Nerina Pallot page.

27th October 2016

Only One, a  2014 single, written by Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Kirby Lauryen, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein and Donda West. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

And here are three more Nerina Pallot songs from her 2014 EP The Hold Tight. This was part of my Nerina Pallot blitz I had earlier in the year. Hope you’ll like This Year’s Model, Hard Equation and The Hold Tight. Check them out on the Nerina Pallot page.

20th October 2016

Every Day Is A Winding Road, written by Sheryl Crow, Brian MacLeod and Jeff Trott, featured on her 1996 album Sheryl Crow. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

And here, too, are three songs, written by Alanis Morisette and Glen Ballard, from her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. Hope you like All I Really Want, Forgiven and Hand In Pocket.

15th October 2016

Four Nerina Pallot songs from her 2014 EP Grand Union... Here are Heidi, If I Had A Girl, I’m Gonna Be Your Man and Men Are Not From Mars. Check them out on the Nerina Pallot page.

10th October 2016

Three songs from Ingrid Michaelson’s 2008 album Be OK. Here are: Giving Up, Keep Breathing and The Chain. Check them out on the Ingrid Michaelson page.

6th October 2016

Two songs from Prince...

From his 1986 album, Parade, here is Sometimes It Snows In April, written by the man himself. And from his 1995 album The Gold Experience is , too, is The Most Beautiful Girl In The World. Check them out on the Prince page!

30th September 2016

Two new songs from two great female singer-songwriters...

From  Ingrid Michaelson’s just-released album, It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense is Drink You Gone, written by Ingrid Michaelson and Busbee. Check it out on the Ingrid Michaelson page!

And here, too, is Black and White, written by Regina Spektor, featured on her just-released 2016 album Remember Us To Life. Check it out on the Regina Spektor page!

23rd September 2016

Another two new songs from Ingrid Michaelson’s just-released album, It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense. Here is Light Me Up and Whole Lot Of Heart, both written by Ingrid Michaelson, Katie Herzig and Cason Cooley. Check them out on the Ingrid Michaelson page!

17th September 2016

Two new songs from Ingrid Michaelson’s just-released album, It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense. Here is I Remember Her, a lovely, melodic, commemoration of her late mother; and here also is Still The One, written by Ingrid Michaelson, Larrance Dobson, Ryan Stockbridge and Jennie Owen. Check them out on the Ingrid Michaelson page!

11th September 2016

Don’t Speak was written by Gwen Stefani and big brother Eric. and was performed by their then band No Doubt. You can find it on the 1996 album Tragic Kingdom.

Disco 2000 was written by Jarvis Cocker (words) and Pulp. It  featured on their 1995 album Different Classes. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

7th September 2016

Here are four cool songs from Ingrid Michaelson’s 2007 album Girls and Boys - Breakable, Overboard, Starting Now and Far Away. Check them out on the Ingrid Michaelson page

1st September 2016

A song from the Bob Marley songbook. Here is the classic Buffalo Soldier, written by Bob Marley and King Sporty, that can be found on Bob’s 1983 album, Confrontation. Check it out on the Bob Marley page!

23rd August 2016

Three more songs from Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rumours (1977). Here are Second Hand News, Go Your Own Way and Never Going Back Again All were written by Lindsay Buckingham. Check them out on the Fleetwood Mac page!

10th August 2016

Happy birthday to TBG! The Blind Guitarist was first published on this date 6 years ago!

To celebrate, I hope you’ll like playing Can’t Help Falling In Love, written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss, was performed by Elvis Presley and was released on his 1961 album Blue Hawaii Check it out in Odd Ditties!

7th August 2016

First up is All We Are, a song in waltz time written by Matt Nathanson, from his 2007 album, Still Waiting For Spring. Check it out on the Matt Nathanson page!

And here are two Bic Runga songs: Suddenly Strange, from her 1998 album Drive; and Winning Arrow from her 2005 album, Birds. Both are on the Bic Runga page.

2nd August 2016

Here is Get Up, Stand Up from Bob Marley’s 1973 album, Burnin’ . And here is another from Exodus (1977): Three Little Birds. Check them both out on the Bob Marley page!

27th July 2016

You Make Loving Fun, Songbird and Don’t Stop are three classic Christine McVie songs from Fleetwood Mac’s giga-selling 1977 album Rumours. Check them out on the Fleetwood Mac page!

21st July 2016

Two Neil Finn songs that were requests. Here, from his 1998 debut solo album Try Whistling This is She Will Have Her Way. And also She Goes On, a Crowded House song from their 1991 album Woodface. Check them out on the Neil Finn page and Crowded House page respectively!

13th July 2016

I had a small blitz following the release of David Bowie’s 2016 valedictory album, Blackstar. So, here are Dollar Days, I Can’t Give Everything Away, Girl Loves Me and Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime). Check them out on the David Bowie page!

7th July 2016

Four more Bob Marley songs for your playing pleasure… No Woman, No Cry, a classic from live shows was, however, written by Vincent Ford. Check it out on Bob’s 1975 album, Live! And here are Jamming, Waiting In Vain and Exodus, from Bob’s 1977 album, Exodus. Check them all out on the Bob Marley page!

26th June 2016

Here are three wonderful songs from the pen of Bob Marley: Is This Love and Satisfy My Soul can be found on his 1978 album Kaya, while Stir It Up is from 1973 and Catch A Fire. Check them all out on the Bob Marley page.

18th June 2016

Hope you like The Scientist, written by the Coldplay boys that can be found on their 2002 album, A Rush of Blood to The Head.

Here, too, is The River by  Bruce Springsteen. You can find it on the 1981 album, The River. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

11th June 2016

Tangled Up In Blue, written by Bob Dylan, featured on the 1975 album Blood On The Tracks. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Redemption Song and Could You Be Loved were written by Bob Marley and are to be found on the 1980 album Uprising. Check them out ion the Bob Marley page.

6th June 2016

Don’t Wake The Scarecrow, written by Simone Felice, features on the 2008 album The Felice Brothers by the eponymous group. This wonky waltz may be the most audacious lyrical adventure in contemporary song. Its breathtaking internal rhyming scheme, bold Wizard of Oz metaphor and powerful autobiographical narrative tell of a love affair with a doomed junkie prostitute. Check either out in Odd Ditties!

30th May 2016

Rock With You, written by Rod Temperton, and featured on the album Off The Wall, was a hit for Michael Jackson in 1980.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and featured on John’s 1973 album of the same name, was a huge hit for John in 1973. Check either out in Odd Ditties!

23rd May 2016

From The Circle of Life in The Lion King to Frozen’s rousing Let It Go, Disney’s contribution to song-writing for film scores has been immense.

The catchiest tune of all must be this celebration of the simple life by a bear and a boy. Good to have in your back-pocket if you get yourself invited to many kids’ parties. The Bare Necessities is written by Terry Gilkyson can be found on The Jungle Book Soundtrack. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

17th May 2016

Fake Plastic Trees was written by Radiohead and featured on their 2002 album The Bends. Check it out in Odd Ditties.

The Boy In The Bubble, written by Paul Simon and Forere Motloheloa, featured on Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland. Check it out on the Paul Simon page.

11th May 2016

Bird On A Wire, written by Leonard Cohen, featured on his 1969 album Songs From A Room. Check it out on the Leonard Cohen page.

The Passenger, written by Iggy Pop and Ricky Gardiner, and Lust For Life, written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie, both featured on The Stooges’ 1977 album Lust For Life. Check them out in Odd Ditties.

5th May 2016

The last songs from my Snow Patrol blitz earlier in the year. Here, for your playing pleasure, are Spitting Games, Run, Grazed Knees, Chocolate and Wow from their 2004 Final Straw. Check them out on the Snow Patrol page (in Songwriting Partnerships S-Z).

27th April 2016

The Dark Is Rising, written by Sean Thomas Mackowiak and Jonathan Donahue, was featured on Mercury Rev’s 2001 album All Is Dream. It was a hit single for them that year.

Stuck in the Middle with You is a 1972 song, written by Peter Egan and Gerry Rafferty for their band Stealer’s Wheel that can be found on their 1972 eponymous debut album.

Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

20th April 2016

Here are four more songs from Snow Patrol that are credited to all band-members. Here are Open Your Eyes, Set The Fire To The Third Bar, You Could Be Happy, You’re All I Have, that feature on their acclaimed 2006 album Eyes Open. Check them out on the brand new Snow Patrol page under “Partnerships S-Z”

6th April 2016

Four more songs from Snow Patrol that are credited, as usual, to all band-members. Here are Shut Your Eyes, Hands Open, It’s Beginning To Get To Me and Make This Go On Forever. These feature on their 2006 album Eyes Open. Check them out on the brand new Snow Patrol page under “Partnerships S-Z”

28th March 2016

Chasing Cars was written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Tom Simpson, Paul Wilson and Jonny Quinn and was the fourth track on Snow Patrol’s 2006 album Eyes Open. It was a huge hit for the boys in 2006. Check it out on the Snow Patrol page in Songwriting Partnerships!

25th March 2016

I Stand By You, written by Chrissie Hynde, Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, was a hit single for The Pretenders in 1994.  Check it out on the Chrissie Hynde page!

Little Wonder, written by David Bowie, featured on the 1997 album Earthling. Check it out on the David Bowie page!

18th March 2016

Brass In Pocket, written by Chrissie Hynde and James Honeyman-Scott, was a hit single for The Pretenders in 1979.  Check it out on the Chrissie Hynde page!

11th March 2016

Two hit singles for The Pretenders in 1980 and both written by Chrissie Hynde. Here are Talk of the Town and Don’t Get Me Wrong. Check them both out on the Chrissie Hynde page!

5th March 2016

A Felicidade, written by Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim with words by Vinicius de Moraes. Original written for the film Orfeo do Carnavale (1959), where it was played by Joao Gilberto. It was performed by songstress Mariessa Dawn, and released on the album Orfeu Negro (1959). Check it out on the Antonio Carlos Jobim page!

29th February 2016

Taller Children, written by Elizabeth Ziman, is featured on her 2009 debut album of the same name by her band Elizabeth & The Catapult.

And Alright By Me and The Horse and the Missing Cart, written by Elizabeth Ziman, is featured on the  2010 album The Other Side of Zero by Elizabeth & The Catapult. Check them both out on out on the Elizabeth Ziman page.

25th February 2016

One more Blondie song for your playing pleasure. Union City Blue, written by Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison is featured on Blondie’s 1979 album Eat To The Beat. Check it out on the Blondie page.

And now a really cool song written by the wonderful Meredith Godreau. Oats We Sow was featured on the 2007 album In Your Dreams by her band Gregory and The Hawk. It may also be found on the EP Moenie and Kitchi.

Lots of finger-picking, but hope you enjoy! Check it out on the Meredith Godreau page!

20th February 2016

Call Me, written by Chris Stein and Deborah Harry, and performed by Blondie, was featured on their 1980 album American Gigolo.

Atomic was a song written by Jimmy Destri and Debbie Harry and performed by Blondie. It featured on their 1979 album, Eat To The Beat. Check them both out on the Blondie page!

14th February 2016

Rocket Man, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin was featured on Elton’s 1972 album Honky Chateau. The song’s lyrics were inspired by Raymond Bradbury’s short story The Rocket Man. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

(I Am Always Touched By Your) Presence was a 1978 song, written by Chris Stein and Deborah Harry that featured on Blondie’s second studio album Plastic Letters (1978). Check it out on the Blondie page!

9th February 2016

Lucky Guy, a gorgeous sounding song written by Sondre Lerche, was featured on the 2014 album Please. You can find it on the Sondre Lerche page.

Julia Dream, written by Roger Waters, was released as a B-side to Pink Floyd’s 1968 single It Would Be So Nice. You can also find it on Pink Floyd’s 1971 compilation album Relics. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

1st February 2016

Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), written by George Harrison, featured on his 1973 album Living In The Material World. A cool sounding song. Why not check it out in Odd Ditties!

28th January 2016

Manic Depression, written by Jimi Hendrix, you can find on the 1967 album Are You Experienced?

The Wind Cries Mary was a 1967 single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In the U.S. it was a B-side to Purple Haze. Check them out on the Jimi Hendrix page.

23rd January 2016

Two more cool Kev songs for your playing pleasure: Don’t Fall In Love With Me was a Kevin Ayers b-side to his 1980 Spanish single Animals.

And the astonishing track Ghost Train, about heroin addiction, you can find on his 1992 album Still Life With Guitar. Check them out on the Kevin Ayers page!

18th January 2016

Two lovely Kev songs that are also cool to play: The Unfairground from the 2007 album of the same name, and the gorgeous Blaming It All On Love from the 1978 album Rainbow Takeaway. Check them out on the Kevin Ayers page!

12th January 2016

Tiny Dancer, written by Elton John (music) and Bernie Taupin (lyrics), was released on Elton’s 1971 album Madman Across The Water. Written about the 1970s Los Angeles groupie scene. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

7th January 2016

Rousseau, written by Nerina Pallot, was originally released on the 2014 EP of the same name. It is updated on Nerina’s 2015 album The Sound and The Fury. Check it out on the Nerina Pallot page.

Here, too, is Walking In L.A., written by Terry Bozzio, that was a hit for his band Missing Persons. Featured on their 1982 album Spring Sessions M.

2nd January 2016

Happy New Year to you all!

Tears Dry On Their Own was written by Amy Winehouse with Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson getting a co-writing credit due to a sample from “Ain’t No Mountain...” that was included in the recording. A wonderful song. Check it out on the Amy Winehouse page.

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