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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ain’t No Sunshine

Music has always been an important part of my creative process. So over the next few weeks, I plan to offer-up some of my favorite artists and albums. I have stated in the past that musical tastes tend to be personal, so don’t expect to love each of my selections, but then again, you just might.

Artist: Bill Withers
Peak Years: 1970’s
Style: Mix of R&B, Blues and Soul
Favorite Songs: Ain’t No Sunshine, Lovely Day, Use Me, I Don’t Want You on My Mind & Grandma’s Hands

My Take: Even if you don’t know his name, you will probably recognize his most famous tunes — Lean on Me and Just the Two of Us. Contemporary artists like Fiona Apple and Over the Rhine have covered his songs, and Blackstreet, Kanye West and Will Smith have sampled his music. If you are a fan of Will Ferrell movies, keep your ears peeled, because Mr. Withers work will regularly rear its head.

Ain’t No Sunshine is without question one of my all-time favorite songs. The emotion and pain in his voice is legendary, and only this song and Marvin Gaye’s, What’s Going On, are capable of actually affecting my mood — pretty powerful stuff. Below is a link for a live version of Ain’t No Sunshine, which I don’t dig as much as the album version, but it’s still top-notch.



  • Ain’t No Sunshine, Bill Withers


  • If there are musicians or songs that inspire your work, I’d like to know what they are — you can send me an email or post a comment.

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