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Blog entries by Carl Wiser
Carl WiserCarl was a disc jockey in Hartford, Connecticut when he founded Songfacts as a way to tell the stories behind the songs. You can also find him on Rock's Backpages.
Jennifer WarnesBack with her first album since 2001, Warnes talks about her close relationship with Leonard Cohen, whose career she helped revive when she recorded an album of his songs in 1986, and also her collaborations with Joe Cocker and Randy Newman. Peter AsherAfter heading A&R at Apple Records, Asher became one of the most successful producers in history, at the helm for James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, 10,000 Maniacs, Steve Martin and now, Ed Sheeran. Ali McManusWheelchair-bound and with 30% lung capacity, Ali has adapted to create her own intimate sound. Tony BanksThe Genesis mainstay breaks down some of the group's most stalwart songs and explains how he came developed one of his famous piano techniques. Roger LinnRoger's creations - the LM-1, LinnDrum and MPC60 - where used to create beats and backing tracks on a spectrum of hits, many by Prince. Leslie MandokiGreg Lake, Chaka Khan, Ian Anderson, Steve Lukather, Jack Bruce and Peter Frampton have all played in his Soulmates supergroup. Vincent PoagDecades after putting his music career on hold, Poag revived it with help from YouTube and smaller radio stations. Jim BrickmanThe renowned piano composer explains his method for reinterpreting Christmas favorites and writing original songs that strike to the heart. Crystal WatersWaters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs. Janie BarnettA bluegrass musician and session singer, Janie's journey is unusually academic, going through Andover, Harvard, Berklee and Tisch. Peter MurphyThe Bauhaus frontman on "Bela Lugosi's Dead," "Cuts You Up," and when songs reveal their meanings. Jason CrosbyThe go-to sideman for Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and Phil Lesh talks about his musical adventures, and yes, he has a Prince story. Movie Stars In Music VideosJohnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis and John Malkovich are just a few of the film stars who have moonlighted in music videos. Chris ReaIt took him seven years to recover from his American hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)," but Chris Rea became one of the top singer-songwriters in his native UK.