Post by j***@LYC0S.C0M
(But mostly I just posted in such an opinionated manner to
see if this newsgroup can be revived...).
OK...Jimmy Webb's now the chair of the Songwriters'
HoF...and thinks WZ should be in it. Our old friend Kent
posted this to the WZBB:
"I finally scratched another item off my bucket list. And
helped clear up (maybe a little) our nagging questions about
WZ's place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
I sat down and interviewed Jimmy Webb. It's a for a local
cable channel where I'm a freelancer. Jimmy was in St. Louis
for three shows. It took a little work but I managed to
check my fan-geek at the door and have a nice,
halfway-intelligent chat (I think) with him for about an
hour before his last performance last night. We covered the
waterfront, from his early days in Oklahoma to his
five-decade career, his family, his thoughts on the current
state of songwriting (not optimistic), how he approaches the
whole creative process and why he feels he still hasn't
written a song on the level of "You've Lost That Lovin'
Feeling." An amazing, extremely passionate and very
articulate artist, we could have gone on for another hour or
three but the show (his show) must go on, as they say.
After our main interview and he was preparing to head off
for his show, I walked with him to grab a cup of coffee and
asked him about Warren's chances in the Songwriter Hall of
Fame (which Jimmy now chairs, succeeding Hal David last
month). He was very quick to respond that "Oh, he'll get in
... he'll get in." He reminded me how he was close to Warren
for years and he wants to see Our Hero in there, too. As he
put it, "He has my vote." I gathered it's not a matter of if
but when Warren will be inducted.
But then Jimmy noted (as many of us have pretty much
assumed) how the Songwriters HoF is made up of a lot of very
different individuals and everyone's pulling for their own
nominee. "Now the rappers say we need to put them in, too,"
he said, with a little frustration. "They want us to put in
Tupac Shakur, y'know? Tupac Shakur!" In our interview, we’d
talked about rap and he used Eminem as an example of someone
who can write lyrics very well but not necessarily music. To
him, rap is more about lyrics but much less about the melody
and rhythm. The point he made about the HoF, though, is that
although he knows Warren deserves to be inducted (and will
be someday), every vote every year is as political as it is
artistic. “And now I’m in the middle of it” as chairman, he
noted with a shrug.
I think his perspective could easily be applied to the Rock
‘n Roll HoF: Consider the politics in the Songwriters Hall,
magnify it a gazillion times and I think this must be what
induction in the Rock 'n Roll Hall is like.
So I feel a little better about Our Hero’s chances of
finally making the Songwriters Hall of Fame, especially now
that Jimmy Webb’s chairing it. Just can’t say when. Everyone
who would be named to the Hall (or any Hall, for that
matter) needs an inside champion, and I think Jimmy is one
And if Jimmy ever comes around your neck o' the woods with
his show, spend the time and money to catch him. I promise
you won't regret it."