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    In another thread a few of us had a common interest in Mark Knopfler. So, this thread where you can pick a favorite, perhaps one favorite per post.

    I'll start with Mark Knopfler who has continued to be a prolific songwriter. I was thinking Sailing To Philidelphia which is a great example. But, I'm going with Montelone because it is about a luthier that makes hollow body guitars. Check it out:

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    My favorite current songwriter is without a doubt Christopher Cross!

    I heard him play live in a small venue about 10 years ago and he had just released a new album called Red Room.

    Some of the most creative, beautiful, and unique songs I've ever heard - the kind of songs that you hear once and remember them forever.

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    Mark Knopfler is one of those rare artists who A) has never made a bad record and B) just keeps getting better and better. His last few albums are as good as anything he's ever done. I particularly like his duet albums with Emmylou Harris.

    Despite what I sometimes say about how bad music is nowadays compared to when we were younger, there are still a LOT of great artists. I like my songwriter's work to stand out like poetry--it should be as meaningful printed on a piece of paper as sung.

    I will throw out a few artists who fit that criterion:

    Brandi Carlisle
    Kacey Musgraves
    Lucinda Williams (personal fave)
    Tash Sultana
    Gillian Welch
    Sturgill Simpson
    Jeff Tweedy
    Kendrick Lamarr--yes he deserved the Pulitzer prize...

    And of course let's not forget Bob Dylan (78!), who has kind of moved away from recording his own songs lately, and the late Tom Petty, whom I have come to appreciate more and more as kind of the Raymond Carver of Rock N Roll--short but sweet.
    “Without music, life would be a mistake”--Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Sting comes to mind. Dylan's early stuff (the only person to ever win a Nobel Prize for Literature for song lyrics). I guess McCartney is still writing. Bacharach/David. Brian Wilson. John/Taupin. I stopped listening to popular music a long time ago. It's like slogging through a sewer in search of a flower. And I'm old, and grumpy.

    Sting...
    Sting - Shape Of My Heart - YouTube

    And Paul Simon, of course...
    Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas - Graceland (Paul SImon and Friends DVD - 2007) - YouTube

    Donovan. If I had a band, I would want it to sound like this, but with a good singer...
    Young Girl Blues (Live) - YouTube
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    Lucinda Williams is still near the top of my list after very long time.


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    Buddy Cannon co-wrote this one with Willie.

    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Quote Originally Posted by strumcat View Post
    Sting comes to mind.
    TED talk with Sting:

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    Fagen and Becker, another favorite. Fagen is still writing and producing music "in the new millennium" so he get's the current label in my mind.

    For a Jazz forum I pick - Parker's Band

    "Bring your horn along and you can add to the pure confection
    And if you can't fly you'll have to move in with the rhythm section"

    and

    Be riding by bareback on your armadillo
    Be groovin' high or relaxin' at Camarillo

    ha ha

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    Like Fep, I'm a big Becker/Fagen fan. As for Fagen's solo work, here are two of my favorites (in markedly different moods)



    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Richard Thompson, who's only been writing great songs since his days with Fairport Convention in the late '60s, and continues to do so at present. One of his more popular (at least among his legions of fans) tunes, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning":
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    Tom Waits is another favorite, and I have a great apreciation for much of Canadian Bruce Cockburn's songwriting.


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    David Rawlings, Robert Pollard, Steven Malkmus, Will Olham, Gregory Porter, Liz Vice, Jeff Tweedy, Michael Kiwanuka, Kadhja Bonet, Thundercat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lianne LaHavas, off the top of my head type list...
    Jeff Matz, Jazz Guitar:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/jeffreymatz

    "Jazz is like life...it goes on longer than you think, and as soon as you're like 'oh, I get it,' it ends."

    --The Ghost of Duke Ellington

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    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Joni Mitchell

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic gumbo View Post
    Joni Mitchell

    Not current, but the heck with arbitrary rules. She is definitely in my top 5 favorites list. Surprising that she just gave up music many years back, with all that Talent
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    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    Not current, but the heck with arbitrary rules. She is definitely in my top 5 favorites list. Surprising that she just gave up music many years back, with all that Talent
    She suffered a stroke a few years ago, a brain hemorrhage as I recall. Almost died, and I think is pretty much disabled at this time.

    Before that I believe she had moved toward painting away from music.

    But yes, great songwriter. I play her song River on fingerstyle guitar, and it's just a wonderful melody. Heck, all her songs are great.
    “Without music, life would be a mistake”--Friedrich Nietzsche

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    In terms of reasonably current writers -- the guys from Los Lobos are still writing great songs. A few more: Norah Jones, Inara George, Shawn Colvin, Rick Holmstrom, Robbie Fulks.

    John