Paul McCartney. I think when the dust clears, the CD "Wingspan" makes the case very well. All very unique hits where none sounds like the other. Self-penned lyrics. Wide vocal range. "Heart of the Country" falsetto way more authentic than the somewhat laughable "Bennie and the Jets" outro.
Not to mention, all the great songs since then, like around half the songs on "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard", and "Dance Tonight" is modern classic of his as well.
"Hope of Deliverance", another post-Wingspan classic.
Elton John is a most dynamic artist, with many great songs for many great occasions, and a very powerful unique voice etc.; but I think McCartney edges him out on the universal appeal. And even on piano, he plays "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Nineteen Hundred Eighty-five", etc.
And just the "Band on the Run" album as a whole, really makes a great case.
... A guy who can write so many good songs so different from each other in so many different genres deserves the award.
I agree that he should have won, and a lot for that reason above.
To me, it's not just that he can write the songs in so many genres, but come up with very high quality songs in so many genres.
"Jet" - Confident power rock song packed with great hooks.
"Goodnight Tonight" - If we're going to be stuck with disco, why not something with Spanish guitars, great hooks, and real percussion?
"No More Lonely Nights" - And if we're going to be stuck with love ballads by groups like Chicago, Phil Collins, etc., how about one as high quality as this?
"Wonderful Christmastime" - A synth-tune that gives Kraftwerk, Soft Cell, etc. a run for their money.
"Silly Love Songs" - Transforms all the seventies sap songs into a powerhouse bass-driven song, with an amazing vocal breakdown that makes even Linda sound good. Not to mention, a clever light-hearted lyric, something like Chuck Berry would do.
"Live and Let Die" - Very effective action cinema, with an amazingly tasteful reggae break. If you're a director of an action film, how in the world can you ask for a better song than this for engaging an audience?
"Heart of the Country" - Incorporates country and jazz with very clever scat mimicked by the guitar. I can't name another song like it.
"Too Many People" - Pop rock with some psychedelic, and a great Lennon imitation.
"Maybe I'm Amazed" - Maybe this song sums it all up, as far as do-it-yourself on songwriting, instrumentation, performance, melodies, soul, variation of styles, etc.
lasttrain929: Thank you eloneen, until yesterday I had never heard of these insects. They live a strange life. Not sure about Circada ice cream or pizza though, not for me.....
May 30, 2021 9:17:00 GMT
Timeblue: After weeks of horrible weather, Mr Blue is living here today!
May 30, 2021 13:00:47 GMT
eloneen: Timeblue I hope you enjoy it! It was sunny and in the 90s here most of last week, with some rain. Today it's cloudy and barely making it into the 60s. Crazy NC weather! ::m1809::
May 30, 2021 17:28:57 GMT
orioles70: with warmer (HOT) weather, the cicadas have gotten noisy. A local news reporter used an app on her phone and said it registered in the mid 80s for dbs (hearing protection recommended). They're not quite that bad in my yard.
Jun 7, 2021 13:56:44 GMT
orioles70: I was driving to the dump today on a road called Beaver Dam Road when what should cross the road but a pair of beaver (mother and child). Guess they named that road well.
Jun 12, 2021 20:28:39 GMT