“I don’t live in LA, but if there’s any thing I can do to help. .. .” I thought, oh good! Not only is MJ TAYLOR a great writer, he’s a young writer and he’s not going to stop writing for anything for at least another 20 years… and he’s offering to help. He was like “I don’t know what I can do from here.”
WOW. I’d love to collect the cocktail napkins from THAT afterparty – those a two of the greatest poets of our generation, add Joni Mitchell and it’s over!!
MJ threw in a whole bunch of other names. I thought really? hmm.. I’m a snob – I know who they are , But I tell you. MJ threw out some names that made me think… this guy really loves poetry too. He listens to lyrics and has that same decipher.
I’m picky. Joni Mitchell, Elvis, Bob. I’m talking about poetry. Not great songwriting like Billy Joel or Carol King. Barry Manilow. They’re great formula writers. I meant poets.
Most of all, the brevity in which he presented Joni. He’s so perfect for a column like this. I thought it would be great to have a column where we can salute those poets “working the star- maker machinery behind the popular song”.
Painting, “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell