Best Songwriters Morrissey and Marr

In a recent article, the magazine Rolling Stone tries to list the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, and while any list that a audacious will have it’s detractors (and there is much to criticize in this one), it’s refreshing to see the songwriting tandem of Morrissey and Marr getting the props they deserve. Breaking in at #67, the post features some very nice quotes from Marr about Morrissey, and a photo of the pair of key Smiths that I’ve never seen before. Here are both, for review.

Best music of 2009

[caption id=“attachment_2036” align=“alignright” width=“300” caption=“live photo of Part Chimp courtesy of Last.FM “][/caption] Well 2009 was another stellar year for music if you ask me, and as usual, my yearly ‘top’ list is going on a month late. I always have these grand designs of writting a short paragragh about each selection, why I picked it, how I first heard it, etc, but you know how that goes. I will say that this year, while I’ve gotten into many bands the way I have in years past (trolling record stores, randomly listening to anything I can find online), I’ve also found things I wouldn’t have found thanks to my Twitter account.

Morrissey turns 49

[caption id=“attachment_792” align=“alignright” width=“240” caption=“Morrissey”][/caption]I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Morrissey’s Birthday today, he turns 49. It was one year ago tonight that I saw him play here in St. Louis for his 48th…time flies. Over the weekend my wife and I watched a dvd of a rebroadcast concert from Madrid in 1984 of The Smiths, and the songs still stand. Here’s hoping many happy returns to the man whose music has stuck with me now for more than 20 years!

Johnny Marr: The Smiths might reform

So last week we thought the biggest Johnny Marr (who is currently still touring with Modest Mouse) news was that he’s ”…been announced as Salford’s new professor of music. Not just an honorary title, Marr’s responsibilities will include hosting workshops on the composition and performance of popular music.“ Salford University is in Manchester, England, where Johnny was born, and the Salford Lads Club is famously featured in an indside picture of The Smiths 1985 release, The Queen Is Dead.