Songwriters must be careful when they have songs that are "styled" after a certain artist. Today, a jury awarded Marvin Gaye's estate more than seven million dollars in a copyright infringement against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for the song "Blurred Lines". (Marvin Gaye's song was from 1977..."Got To Give It Up".)
Recently, it was decided that the song from Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" was very similar to "I Won't Back Down" which was written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne *(performed by Tom Petty AND with guitar by George Harrison!) There is a nice article in The Rolling Stone Magazine, you may read it just here. Instead of a lawsuit, Smith has given Petty and Lynne co-writing credit for the song and a small percentage of the profits. It stands to reason you shouldn't mess with songwriters who have a song titled "I Won't Back Down"! Just kidding, read that article, Tom Petty could not be any nicer about the subject. Peace and love!
*Jeff Lynne from ELO, you know I have that English connection somehow!
Found a video of one of my Dad's favorites (and my son's too!) Johnny Cash singing "I Won't Back Down" with backing vocals from Tom Petty! What wonderful talent on one record! The lyrics take front and center in this video. I am laughing as I type this, as this is just what my husband said when he heard this from my computer but he is right, of course, and I do agree with him. It is almost like a hymn when Johnny Cash sings it.
I made my Dad my peanut butter cookies this weekend, my "Miracle" cookies. They are called that since they don't have any flour in the recipe. The name amused him AND he enjoyed the cookies!
See, I not only can make good cookies for folks but can make them chuckle at the same time!
And does anyone remember my confusion over the red tailed hawk and the red shouldered hawk?
When I was at my Dad's, we had a big bird of prey fly over us, and I knew it was a hawk...I asked my Dad if he could recognize it and he said, "YES, that's a red tailed hawk!"
"How can you tell?", I asked him.
"The red tailed hawk is BIGGER!" was his reply.
I need to have my Dad around when I am writing my blog posts about nature!
And hey! In the midst of my stressful working life, I won a book from Nana Diana in one of her giveaways. (And if you want to have some great laughs, you MUST NOT miss her blog!)
I will tell you about the book very soon! Don't you love those bright spots in the dreary times?
You can stand me up at the gates of hell but I won't back down.
|Downy Woodpecker...this is NOT a Red Tailed Hawk!|