The top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.
Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.
The renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."
Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.
How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of Kiss wrote "Rock And Roll All Nite" as a "rallying cry for all of our fans." In later years, members of Kiss wrote songs separately.
Phil Collins' "I Missed Again" was originally "I Miss You, Babe," and was a very somber song about his recent divorce. Collins decided to lighten it up and inject some humor into the song.
The most famous song to prominently feature a French horn is "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys.
"Sweet Child O' Mine" is about Erin Everly, who was Axl Rose's girlfriend at the time. She is the daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers.
The riff for The Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant" was pinched from a very unpunk song, the ABBA ballad "S.O.S."
The band Simple Minds took their name from the line "He's so simple minded he can't drive his module" in David Bowie's "The Jean Genie."