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Songs I Wish I'd Written

by John M.

John M does the songs of some of his, (and our) favorite artists and writers, including: BILLY JOEL, PAUL SIMON, JACKSON BROWNE, RICHARD THOMPSON, STEVEN STILLS, JETHRO TULL, BOB SEGER, THE WHO, and many others.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. No Man's Land - Billy Joel
5:04 album only
2. Before The Deluge - Jackson Browne
5:08 album only
3. Wild World - Cat Stevens
3:05 album only
4. Cut 'Em Down - Erik Balkey
4:19 album only
5. Boy In The Bubble - Paul Simon
4:23 album only
6. What's In It For Me - Gary Burr
3:49 album only
7. Feel Like A Number - Bob Seger
4:34 album only
8. Gypsy Love Songs - Richard Thompson
6:13 album only
9. Resurrection Road - Kenny Edwards and Katy Moffatt
3:29 album only
10. Oh Well - Peter Green
6:48 album only
11. I'm One - The Who
4:46 album only
12. Wind Up - Jethro Tull
6:26 album only
13. 4 & 20 - Steven Stills
4:06 album only
14. Lost My Drivin' Wheel - David Wiffen
6:33 album only


Album Notes

On the one hand, there’s no point in recording a cover song if all you’re going to do is create a, “clone” of the original recording. If people want to hear that, they can listen to the original record. It only makes sense if you can bring something new to it; breathe some fresh life into it or add some new dimension to it and somehow personalize it so that your version of the song has it’s own identity.

At the same time, however, I think it’s important to remain reverent and faithful to the original recording, and to the writer’s original essence and message of the song. It was, after all, written and recorded the way it was for a reason. So it’s a bit of a balancing act.

This was the starting point from which I approached this record.

I decided to stay away from songs, (for the most part,) that were huge commercial hits, and have been recorded many times by many different people. “Hotel California,” for example. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Eagles. But if I had done an Eagles song, (and I did consider it,) I’d have looked for a more obscure song that we haven’t all heard a million times,.. songs that only true, die-hard fans of the Eagles would be likely to know.

I did not set out to create, “replacement” versions of any of these songs. I still love the original versions. I just wanted to get people listening to some of them again, possibly in a new way. Maybe after hearing my versions, some people will want to go back and listen to the original versions again. That would please me. I think these songs should last forever. And it doesn’t matter who sings them. It’s the song, not the singer. JM.



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