Sharp Notes Monday: ‘Words’

The Writers Guild of America has been on strike since negotiations with studios, streaming services and networks broke down last week.

The strike has had an immediate effect on late-night shows, which rely on fresh material. Much of the content on networks and streaming services already has been written, so it will take a while before the impact is noticeable for viewers.

Not surprisingly, writing has been a frequent topic in song. After all, songwriters are writers.

The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” is one of best-known songs about writing.

But other artists also have written about books, ranging from Elvis Costello’s “Everyday I Write the Book” to the Monotones “The Book of Love.” Letters also have been a frequent topic in songs such as Fats Waller’s “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” R. B. Greaves’ “Take a Letter Maria” and the Box Tops “The Letter.”

Regardless of the format — book, letter, song, even a television or film script — all writing has one thing in common — words. To quote the Bee Gees, “Words are all I have.”

That line is from “Words,” a 1967 recording which is this week’s Sharp Notes Monday selection.

As part of our “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” music and social media project, we share a song every Monday to start your week.

View previous Sharp Notes Monday selections.

Visit our “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” music and social media page to learn more about the project and view videos of our presentations.

Categories: Jandoli Institute, Music and Social Justice, Sharp Notes Monday, Sharp Notes Sharp Thoughts


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