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Setting Times stories to music: From LL Cool J to Louis Prima
Setting Times stories to music: From LL Cool J to Louis Prima

Even though I’m partial to a good hook in music, lyrics are my biggest love (perhaps not surprising for someone smitten with good storytelling). I think the best songwriters -- Bruce Springsteen, Paul Westerberg and Paul Weller spring to mind -- can summon a person’s entire life in a three-minute song.Sometimes even a stanza can do that. Like a lot of you, I spent a long time listening to George Jones on Friday. How about this stanza, from “A Good Year for the Roses”:And a lip print on a half-filled cup of coffeeThat you poured and didn't drinkBut at least you thought you wanted itThat's so much more than I can say for me.In these roundups of the week gone by, I’d like to offer...

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