Similar Ingredients [#9] – The Rolling Stones / The Black Crowes

(It’s been a long time since I’ve done a “Similar Ingredients” post, but I’ve been listening to “Appaloosa” lately and couldn’t place what song it reminded me of, until I heard “Wild Horses” in a store and it was an “Aha!” moment) The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” and The Black Crowes’ “Appaloosa” share more than…

Similar Ingredients [#8] – The Doors / The James Gang

=”My Wild Love” (by The Doors) 1968 = =”I’d Rather Be Alone With You” (by The James Gang) 1973= These two songs share a similar frame – a similar “bone structure”, as it were.   The melody sounds sort of timeless, like it could be based on an old folk song.   The James Gang take…

Similar Ingredients [#7] – The Beatles/Simon & Garfunkel

Songs with certain similarities – either musical, lyrical, historical, cultural, and/or all of these things. =”Bridge Over Troubled Water” (by Simon & Garfunkel) 1970= =”Let It Be” (by The Beatles) 1970= In 1970, The Beatles’ “Let It Be” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” dominated the charts and radio airwaves. Both have a…

Similar Ingredients [#6] – Paul Simon/Dan Fogelberg

Songs with certain similarities – either musical, lyrical, historical, cultural, and/or all of these things. =”Still Crazy After All These Years” (by Paul Simon) 1975= =”Same Old Lang Syne” (by Dan Fogelberg) 1980= These two songs are so similar it’s almost like Simon and Fogelberg went to the same songwriter’s retreat and were given the…

Similar Ingredients [#5] – William Tyler/Bruce Springsteen

Songs with certain similarities – either musical, lyrical, historical, cultural, and/or all of these things. =”A Portrait of Sarah” (by William Tyler) 2013= Tyler is one of the new breed of fleet-fingered instrumental guitarists rooted in the “Takoma school” of playing (Leo Kottke, John Fahey, etc.).  His latest album, Impossible Truth, is full of spacious…

Similar Ingredients [#4] – Kings of Leon/Bruce Springsteen

Songs with certain similarities – either musical, lyrical, historical, cultural, and/or all of these things. =”Supersoaker” (by Kings of Leon) 2013= Take some Lynyrd Skynyrd, with a dash of Allman Brothers, a dollop of Thin Lizzy, a couple of tablespoons of Bruce Springsteen and mix ’em up with an ounce of U2-style guitar.  U2-style guitar?…