As FUV celebrates Essential Songwriters during our 2018 Spring Membership Drive, now through April 20, we realize that every songwriter is essential to someone. As you tell us who your Essential Songwriters might be this week — and support the radio station you love — the FUV on-air staff has chosen some of the songwriters whom we personally treasure and revere.
So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.
Joe Henry happens to also be an enthusiastic admirer of this week's FUV Essentials artist, John Prine. When FUV asked Henry if he might like to choose "Five Essential John Prine Songs," he not only agreed, but wrote a loving and long assessment of the man and his music:
Joe Henry (photo by Glen Hansard, PR)
Jack White is a rock and roll renaissance man.
Jack White (photo by Kris Krüg)
Deep in heart of Sylvan Esso's "Radio" lurks a clue to one of Amelia Meath's favorite David Bowie songs, "Blue Jean." Since Meath has already confessed to one of her most beloved Bowie tracks, FUV wondered if she had four others she might want to write about for "Five Essential David Bowie Songs" for FUV Essentials. She most certainly did!
Sylvan Esso (photo courtesy of Loma Vista, PR)
Following a five-year journey at museums across the world, the exhibition "David Bowie is" opened on March 2 at its final stop, New York's Brooklyn Museum, where it remains until mid-July 2018. Bowie was FUV's first ever FUV Essentials artist back in March 2016, but what better reason for another celebration of his music and legacy?
David Bowie (photo by Brian Duffy for the cover of 'Aladdin Sane')
''Johnny Cash was the champion of the voiceless, the underdogs and the downtrodden. He was also something of a holy terror, like Abraham Lincoln with a wild side,'' said his friend Kris Kristofferson, at Cash's 2003 funeral. ''He represented the best of America.''
Johnny Cash (1969 Look Magazine photo by Joel Baldwin, public domain)