To my knowledge there are two songs that have been written about me. One was by a Rockabilly I dated in the ’90s, and the other was by my four-year-old son. In both cases the experience was thrilling.
In 2009 Lee Siegel asked in an article for the Wall Street Journal, “Where have all the muses gone?” Lee believes the creative world is suffering from a lack of muses.
“Artists may still have a muse, but the once-standard and then legendary relationship is no longer part of our common vocabulary. These days a muse’s role as equal partner and/or equal talent now outweighs her or his function as inspiration. Who, in our proudly individualistic culture wants to feel like a valet to someone else’s imagination?”
If only Lee had turned on the radio! The airwaves are crowded with songs about people. Sure most of the songs are about ex boyfriends or ex girlfriends, but who are we to question where the river of inspiration begins? Many of our favorite songs are not just about people, but about other famous people.
One of the most famous songs about another person is Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.” Carly has never publicly revealed who she wrote the song about, although she is said to have recently privately shared the information with Taylor Swift. On Carly’s website she has an entire page dedicated to keeping track of just how much information she has revealed about the song.
I may not ever inspire another song, but I will continue to encourage my son’s interest in the drums and kazoo in the hopes that he will one day surprise me again!
19 Songs Written For People: The Gift That Keeps on Giving!
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