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When Guy Clark discusses the art and craft of song-writing, people listen. He has, after all, been writingsongs of uncommon quality for nearly four decades, songs like "L.A. Freeway," "Desperados Waiting For a Train," "The Randall Knife," and "Texas, 1947." "Somedays the Song Writes You" is the thirteenth recording by this songwriting legend.
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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • ASIN: B002JMLJRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Norman Draper on September 22, 2009
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Well, actually Guy's song says "Stuff That Works", but I get the idea!! :-)

My first exposure to Guy Clark was his "Old Friends" album (HIGHLY recommended!), when I heard the song "Old friends" one week and "Immigrant Eyes" the next on a Philly folk music show... and thanks to Gene Shay for that!!

It's hard to believe that Guy has been around for thirty-five years and is still writing some of the best songs around. I see Guy's work as a piece; not that you have to be familiar with all of it in order to appreciate this album... It all hangs together so damn well. Guy once said that Townes' writing was "seamless". I'd like to suggest that Guy's is equally so.

"Some Days The Song Writes You", "Hemingway's Whiskey", "The Guitar", Maybe I Can Paint Over That"... Any of the songs on this album would fit well in any of the other truly superb albums he's done. This is another wonderful bunch of songs from a GREAT songwriter.

On final thing: If you have the chance to see Guy and Verlon in concert, crawl over ground glass to do it! I've seen them play a fair number of times, from Spicewood, Texas to New York City, with many points in between... and loved every show! Hang around for a while after the show and he'll even talk to you... and maybe show you how to open a CD the easy way!! And Verlon is one of the nicest people you will ever meet!!

Guy Clark... As that song also says, "Stuff That Holds Up"!!
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First off, I must reveal that I am a huge Guy Clark fan. In some ways that may cloud my judgement of this record. If I had never heard his previous work this album may work better. The songs display the famous craftsmanship of the master songbuilder but they feel much like some of his earlier songs.

"Maybe I Can Paint Over That" borderlines on self plagiarism. The vocal phrasing is almost identical to his classic "Magdaleine". The theme of the song is different but while listening to it I can't put "Magdaleine" out of my head.

There are other songs that have chord progressions and rhythmic passages that are similar to songs from his legendary catalogue. I could hear bits of "Tornado Time In Texas" in the song "Hollywood". It also seems to cover similar themes to his iconic "LA Freeway". There is a version of this song on YouTube that is more interesting than the one chosen for this record.

I, truly, wanted to like this record more than I did.
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Magic occurred again today, and it all started with me taking a simple walk down to the mailbox. I received an advance copy of Guy Clark's new record from Dualtone, Somedays the Song Writes You.

Sometimes reviews can be extremely difficult to write and you have to listen repeatedly until the words come. Sometimes the words don't come and you have to put the music back up on the shelf. Other times it becomes much easier and like the title of this masterpiece, somedays the review writes you.

This album is like that. It's so good; I was just able to sit at the computer, place my fingers on the keyboard and go.

Songs like these helped me to fall in love with Mr. Clark's music in the first place. It's an absolute fact, Guy Clark is a poet. His words are always so abundantly rich in texture and this record is no exception. I frankly do not know how the man keeps doing it. He is a brilliant lyricist, a wordsmith, and that is what wordsmiths do. They have the uncanny ability to make words work together, to intertwine, and ultimately paint a picture in your head. There is the original painting in Mr. Clark's head. Then there is the picture in your head. He is so skillful at this, I'm willing to wager big money (if I had any) that our paintings are awfully damn close to being the same. He's just that proficient at projecting an image with words.

Most of the time I'll take two or three songs and write a little on each one. I'm not going to do that this time. There is no need. Every tune on this record is absolutely incredible. I envision the musicians all sitting around in a semi-circle in the middle of a dimly lit smoke hazed room, no amps along with the ever present humming in the background.
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Guy Clark is a national treasure. Hard to categorize, his music spans several genres. But the constant in his entire repertoire is the craftsmanship of his music and solid lyrics that carry the listener to an always-satisfying experience.

This album is no exception. Being familiar with Guy's music, I found it extremely enjoyable immediately. Track two, "The Guitar", sent chills up my spine the first time around and has continued to thrill in several subsequent listenings.

Every song on this album is well crafted and the guitar work superb. Vernon Thompson lends his always-excellent talents with guitar and mandolin. You can't shake the feeling these guys are having too much fun. Luckily, we get to join in the enjoyment.

An earlier album of Guy's, Grammy nominated "Cold Dog Soup", swept me away with every track upon first listen and remains music which can be listened to anytime. His first album, Old No. 1, was a classic upon release. And Old Friends has some of the prettiest, heart-warming songs you'd ever hope to hear.

If you are unfamiliar with Guy Clark, do yourself a favor; take a chance. Pick up "Cold Dog Soup", "Old No. 1", "Texas Cookin'", and "Old Friends". Then, after you've savored these greats, go back and get ALL Guy's works.

I guarantee if you have a sentimental streak anywhere, you will not regret it.
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