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    I was just a little kid and my father had Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I could Cry"...the word and music combination had way more effect on me than all the children's "music" I had heard....by the time I was ten or so I loved instrumentals by Al Hirt, Henry Mancini, and the like....then John Lennon brought it all back together for me when I was fourteen, and Dylan at fifteen.....
    Of course now, all I ever listen to is N Sync.....gibs

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    Just curious to whom everybody's songwriting influences are? Mine seem to change as time goes on but seems not to stray to far from a Savatage/Saxon type genre of music. Anyone else care to offer theirs??

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    Hendrix is given almost no credit for his lyrical ability yet I think he was one of the
    best lyricists of the psychedelic scene. His
    lyrics are very well constructed and witty. Not the comercial stuff like foxy lady and
    purple haze but stuff like the burning of the
    midnight lamp 1983 a merman I should be, etc.

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    hmmm....
    It's hard for me to say who has been an influence on me. Kurt Cobain and Leonard Cohen come to mind. Ani Difranco, Tears for Fears, the psycedelic grunge of Screaming Trees, The Cure's Disintegration, Sonic Youth, Neil Young, Paul Simon. A big influence on some of my early stuff was this band called Cell. You guys know of Cell? they rock!

    But mostly I think it has been the other musicians that I have played with through the years that have influenced me the most.

    -jhe

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    Dave Mustaine... now there's a guy that can right a good riff!!

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    The Beatles influence me a lot I think. A lot of my influence too comes from the people I play and sing with and from my first music teacher. She was into folk and Celtic stuff and lived in the van in the sixties. Sometimes though it is hard to know exactly what influences you.

    Tucci

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    I had always thought that the songs of Kate Bush, David Sylvian, and Todd Rundgren had the most influence on the stuff I wrote, but when I play my stuff for friends they think it's Jan Hammer still stuck in Miami Vice or disco mode.

    Ah well, back to the drawing board.

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    Beatles, Neil Young, The Birds...stuff like that.

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    BEATLES, CSN&Y (SOLO WORK AS WELL), DAN FOGELBERG, AMERICA

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    Jean Redpath, Magic Sam, 10cc, Johnny Cash, and lately Jay Farrar.

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