References to David Bowie, Tom Waits and Allan Ginsburg are peppered into the Bush song "Everything Zen."
Aretha Franklin didn't drive, but one of her biggest hits was a car song: "Freeway Of Love."
"Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks was written by two Nashville songwriters after a meal in a local restaurant. One of them forgot his money, but said not to worry, "I have friends in low places. I know the cook."
Ellie Goulding's hit single "Burn" was originally demoed by Leona Lewis for her 2011 Glassheart album. She scrapped the tune when the project was retooled to include more ballads.
Jimi Hendrix wrote "The Wind Cries Mary" not about marijuana, but about his girlfriend at the time, Kathy Mary Etchingham.
The Fratellis song "Chelsea Dagger" was named for their lead singer's wife - it was her burlesque name.
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
Brenda talks about the inspiration that drove her to write hit songs like "Get Here" and "Piano in the Dark," and why a lack of formal music training can be a songwriter's best asset.
The writer of "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Polk Salad Annie" explains how he cooks up his Louisiana swamp rock.
Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.
How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.
One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.