I’d like to open a discussion about that type of song which I call the debutante piece. This is the song that the label will choose to help its artist or group break into the market. Over the years the charts have been peppered with this type of song. One example is ‘She Bop’ from Cyndi Lauper – a brilliant song about self-entertainment. Another example is ‘Break Down’ from Tom Petty – a new take on the negotiations as old as men and women. Still another, provided to us by Peter Townshend to debut his solo album ‘White City,’ is ‘Give Blood’ – an outstanding perspective on war.
These songs, as diverse as they seem, share a common element – they offer a fresh and perhaps shocking perspective on an old subject. They open our eyes, make us smile and most of all, make us listen more closely.
While no ideas come immediately to mind, I wonder if anyone else has any they would like to share with the group.