September
3rd, 2015
Keyhole - Digital Marketing Agency - Joe Dudeck
Joe Dudeck
President + Founder
Categories: Business Blogs
September
3rd, 2015
Keyhole - Digital Marketing Agency - Joe Dudeck
Joe Dudeck
President + Founder
Categories: Business Blogs

Writing Prompts: The Unconventional Bill Fay

Nothing inspires me to write like great music. Here’s an artist or tune that’s been tickling my ears lately and serving as one of my writing prompts.


When it comes to music, I tend to gravitate to the unconventional. If it’s a big hit on the radio, I’m probably not listening to it. Mainstream music just bores me because it’s not written for me. It’s produced for the masses. And I don’t typically like to hang with the masses.

And that’s why I dig Bill Fay—there’s nothing conventional about the man, his music, his songwriting, or his journey through the music business. All of that reeled me in when I stumbled on him years ago.

Born in England, Bill produced a couple folk rock albums in the ’60s that mainly went unnoticed. He also released a few albums in the 1970s that most music critics saw as knockoffs of other artists. He wrote a third full-length album toward the end of that decade, but didn’t release it for another 30 years. Not exactly an illustrious music career.

Then Bill Fay went silent.

For three decades, Bill and his music experienced only a cult following—perhaps inspired by the band Wilco, who covered Bill’s tune “Be Not So Fearful” at his live concerts over the years.

Then finally, Bill came back out of the shadows and released Life is People in 2012. It’s a simple album with simple sounds and simple lyrics. But it’s the simplicity that makes it brilliant. Nothing overproduced here…nothing for the masses. Nothing about it tells you Bill spent 40 years refining his singing or songwriting.

In fact, it tells you he may have spent that time stripping it all away. Finding his own sound, his own voice, his own self.

Listen to the lyrics of the title track, “Life is People,” and you’ll see life in its simplest form. Not catchy, but just the way I like it.

There are miracles,
In the strangest of places
There are miracles,
Everywhere you go
I see fathers,
Hold a little child’s hand
I see mothers,
Holding a little child’s hand
I see trees, trees,
Blowing in the wind
I see seeds,
Being sown by the wind
It’s a cosmic concerto, and it stirs my soul
I see grandmas,
Blowing kisses into a pram
I see grandpas,

Scratching their head in amazement
It’s a cosmic concerto, and it stirs my soul
It’s a cosmic concerto, and it stirs my soul
Like my old dad said,
Life is people, life is people
In the space of a human face,
There’s infinite variation
It’s a cosmic concerto, and it stirs my soul
It’s a cosmic concerto, and it stirs my soul
Like my old dad said,
Life is people, life is people
In the space of a human face,
There’s infinite variation
Life is people, life is people, life is people
Life is people, life is people, life is people
Life is people

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