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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Make music, not tweets

“Social media is a giant distraction to the ultimate aim, which is honing your craft as a songwriter. There are people who are exceptional at it, however, and if you can do both things, then that's fantastic, but if you are a writer, the time is better spent on a clever lyric than a clever tweet.” – Bryan Adams

Not a fan of social media would certainly be a good tagline for singer/songwriter Adams, born on Nov. 5, 1958, in Ontario, Canada, and one of the best songwriters – especially for his lyrics – in the past 30 years.  Adams first rose to fame with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife and turned into a global star with Reckless, which produced some of his best known songs, including "Run to You,”  "Summer of '69,” and "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.”  That last song holds the distinction of being number one on the worldwide charts in both the 1980s and the 1990s, the second time around catapulted up in the charts as the primary song in one of my favorite movie versions of Robin Hood.

Also a noted photographer, Adams has done a number of major covers for magazines and albums.  And he uses both his photography and music to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes, especially animal rights and for aid to victims of earthquakes and other major calamities.   And, he said he doesn’t spend time on Facebook or Twitter.  
                         “If your music is great, you will have fans.  Not because you have spent time chatting on social media.”   To hear (and see) the Robin Hood version of his most famous song, check out this YouTube link.  Enjoy.

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