MUSIC AND THE MUSE

Nov 26, 2020

By Gene Stevens

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Have you ever wondered – while you’re listening to a song – what may have inspired the composer ? When you hear a love song, was there a real person that the singer was singing to? In many cases, of course the song is ‘just a song’ with perhaps a faint inspiration from long ago, or perhaps a fantasy.  But, in some cases, very famous songs – even classics – were composed with a specific person in mind (in often in the heart).  I’m calling my next show ‘The Music and the Muse‘.
I’ll reveal the woman who’s charms and attention drove two of the greatest guitarists in history to write two of their greatest songs. I’ll play you songs by such legends as Leonard Cohen, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel – inspired by the women in their lives.  And what about male muses – sure, there have been some behind great songs as well. This edition will take us from Broadway’s Brill Building to the Chelsea Hotel; from Laurel Canyon to Rio’s famous beaches; from the island of Crete to Phoenix – each a setting for a love affair that inspired a classic song.
As for my regular first-hour feature: ‘This Week in Zoomer Music‘ spotlights some poignant finales from The Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ to John Lennon’s last live performance, and Freddie Mercury’s last recording. And a nice birthday spotlight to wrap-up the show – Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy.
 
Please join me for this next edition of ‘Vintage Favourites’ – this Sunday (Nov.29).  Cheers.
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