I’ve always found an appreciation for songwriters just because I know how difficult it is to write a song. A good song. I remember sitting at the piano one day and just playing around and all of a sudden I made this awesome melody in a minor key and was like “heeyyy that wasn’t so hard.” It didn’t take long before I realized my amazing composition sounded exactly like Jay Chou’s “Secret” (just watched the movie that day…explains so much).
Anyways, I’m doing my final paper for music class on Carole King. Here she’s with her ex-husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin. They were one of the most prominent figures from the “Brill Building” era. Songwriters literally sat in this building and cranked out songs in little cubicles. I read in an interview that they always accidentally plagiarized each other because they were sitting so close to each other haha. It’s really fun doing research on King and listening to her work. Right now I am loving “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” first recorded in 1967 by Soul Queen Aretha Franklin.