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Author:  Joe Z
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Date:  1/26/2014 10:00:55 AM
Subject:  Re: Burn's Night
Nicely done, Brian. Brings to mind a passage from C&S:

Mickey loved hearing new songs that were well written, too, and Marty Hall spoke of a prominent example. “Over the years I found several (well-written new songs) to share with him, and his reactions were always insightful and valuable to me as a songwriter. One day I brought Mickey a song I believed to be particularly affecting. It is 'Flow Gently, Sweet Afton' and was performed by Nickel Creek. The music was written by one of the members of the group, and the words were written by Robert Burns. I had no idea who Robert Burns was, but I was sure of one thing: he was a great wordsmith.”

“When I sent the tune to Mickey, he really enjoyed all aspects of if. This song was quite an artistic achievement, as it was elegantly simple in its production and performance as it was in its composition. Mickey explained to me that Burns was a very, very famous 18th Century Scottish poet. Then Mickey confided in me that once many years ago in Nashville, Kris Kristofferson had told Mickey that he was ‘an American Robert Burns.’ Mickey had to do some quick research to understand the dimension of Kris' compliment. But not until Mickey heard this beautiful Burns poem put to music did the full impact of Kris' compliment hit home. Mickey told me he wanted to make sure to tell Kris this story, but I never heard of him doing so.”

 Burn's Night by Brian  at 1/25/2014 3:17:01 PM
 Re: Burn's Night by Bill Smith  at 1/25/2014 4:53:29 PM
 Re: Burn's Night by KarenRnk  at 1/25/2014 8:27:32 PM
 Re: Burn's Night by Craig at 1/26/2014 8:57:25 AM
 Re: Burn's Night by Joe Z at 1/26/2014 10:00:55 AM