sharpchick_2011: (shy)
Bob Seger said Her Strut was written about Jane Fonda.

I had always heard that.

Seger: "Her Strut was written about Jane the time she was going to some congressional hearings with her husband, Tom Hayden, talking about the Campaign for Economic Democracies...I was quite proud of her for doing that. I admired her crust...for going in there and having the strength to speak her mind, so I kind of wrote 'Her Strut' for an eighties know, it was the dawn of the eighties, and I wanted to write a song about how women have become so confident and stepped out so much, and I thought Jane was a great role model." Radio Interview: In the Studio with Redbeard for Against the Wind.

Critic Dave Marsh objected to "Her Strut" as sexist, a charge Seger disputes.

"Saying 'I love to watch her strut' is almost an automatic sexist thing. I really struggled with that. But I loved the hardness of the word 'strut' in the song. And I worked real hard on the verses to try to put across the idea that this is not a sexist theme, that what I'm trying to say here is that at the bottom line it's human nature, that men are still gonna love women for being sexual in spite of all this other stuff...I didn't want to look like I was some sort of sexist monster, and I'm not." Dave DiMartino, September 1980, Creem. "Safe At Home Or Against The Wind: Bob Seger Bops Horizontally"

And I wondered who Daniel was to Elton John.

According to Wikipedia, Daniel was a fictional representation of a blind veteran of Vietnam who had to get away - and the song was written from his brother's point of view.

Bernie Taupin wrote "Daniel" while inspired by the events of the Vietnam War.
The lyrics (including a verse in the original draft that was cut from the final version)
describe a fictional veteran who was blinded as a result of the war ("your eyes have died"
/"but you see more than I") and travels to Spain to escape those around him back home
("do you still feel the pain"/"of the scars that won't heal?"), including his brother,
from whose point of view the story is told.

"'Daniel' had been the most misinterpreted song that we'd ever written," explained Bernie,
in the Two Rooms tribute project. "The story was about a guy that went back to a small town
in Texas, returning from the Vietnam War. They'd lauded him when he came home and treated him
like a hero. But, he just wanted to go home, go back to the farm, and try to get back to the
life that he'd led before. I wanted to write something that was sympathetic to the people that
came home."

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One of the most unpretentious musicians I've ever enjoyed...

He makes you think about the less glamourous side of living an artist's life.


Sep. 18th, 2011 08:59 pm
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I know some people - a lot of women - despise this song.

But it's one of my favorites performed by Reba McEntire, and I don't personally feel it glorifies prostitution.

I think it says a whole lot more about our society than just that.

And Bobbie Gentry should be in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame for writing it.


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