Thursday, June 2, 2005

Bill Withers’ Songs Refuse To Wither Away

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Songwriter Bill Withers may keep a low profile but his songs have yet to wither away.

Withers is the man who wrote songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean On Me” and “Just The Two Of Us” and while he isn’t writing as much these days, he’s proud that “people have found a use for my music over the years. More so now than when they were new.”

As a result, Withers is being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 9, along with fellow songsmiths like John Fogerty and Isaac Hayes.

And the 66-year-old is still writing songs – including a recent collaboration with Jimmy Buffett.

Although Withers doesn’t analyze how he composes tunes, he admits that one of the reasons for his success is that he never learned to read or write music and only knows enough guitar “to get the idea across to the musicians.”

He says that’s a strength because, as he puts it, “Most songs that people remember are seldom written by virtuosos.”

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