Friday, March 12, 2010

OMG!! I won! Thank you, No Depression! Thank you, John Hiatt!

I was minding my own business, checking email when the latest edition of No Depression flew into my email box. There was a contest: Post your favourite John Hiatt song, and why it's your favourite. I posted the paragraph below and was just happy to gush about one of the greatest living songwriters among a group of like-minded kindreds.

The next day I heard back from No Depression.  I had won the contest! My prize: I get a complete set of the John Hiatt catalogue from his record company and an autographed CD - his latest.

Here's my entry....

Learning How to Love You has all the earmarks of a Great American Songbook classic. The lyrics could stand on their own as a poem but this timeless ballad is also an excellent example of solid composition. In this song you get a strong sense of the music that has influenced John Hiatt and you want to be with him on the journey. Notwithstanding all that jazz, Learning How to Love You moves me to my core. He nailed it.1