Episode 793: That’s What the Bread is For

On the Overthinking It Podcast, we wonder if there’s any truth to Bernie Taupin’s diss of Billy Joel.

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Matthew Belinkie, Mark Lee, Jordan Stokes, and Matthew Wrather discuss an interview with Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s longtime lyricist, in which he disses the work of one William Martin Joel, going back to “Piano Man” and claiming that “tonic and gin” is bad lyric writing. The crew overthink the highs and lows of Billy Joel’s songwriting, and talk about the interplay of meaning, rhythm, melody, and harmony that makes song lyrics good or bad.

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One Comment on “Episode 793: That’s What the Bread is For”

  1. Daniel Clarke #

    Gin and tonic is usually a shot or two of gin then mostly tonic.
    I propose that a Tonic and Gin implies reversed proportions


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