Musical musings from journalists, authors and members of the Songfacts community
Bones Howe and the Songs of 1969A #1 hit for 6 weeks in 1969, "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" was the Hippie anthem. Bones Howe produced the track, and here he explains what was going on in music that year. Songwriters Workshop: CollaborationsBruce Pollock takes a look at four great songwriting teams (including one that wears a lot of makeup) to find out how they collaborate on songs. The Soundtracks of the SoldiersThe stories of three different soldiers who fought in three different wars, decades apart. What they have in common is music and war. Top 10 Videos of All TimeThey dazzle, delight and in some cases, defy logic. The Songfacts community picks the 10 best music videos of all time. Songwriters Workshop: Part 2Excerpts from interviews with Richard Marx, Michael Bolton and Desmond Child as they discuss the art of songwriting. Black Women SongwritersJust two of the 380+ members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame are black women. Why the disparity? LaShonda Barnett, author of I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters on Their Craft, has some ideas. The Last Years of Miles DavisGeorge Cole, who wrote The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991, explains why Davis is so important and breaks down the key tracks. The Most Viewed Songs of 2008Our computers have added them up: of the songs released in 2008, these are the Top-10 most viewed over the past year. You guys gave Coldplay a lot of heat.