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Monday earworm: Marshall Crenshaw's 'Whenever You're On My Mind'



When I think of Marshall Crenshaw, the first image that comes to mind is Marshall playing Buddy Holly in the 1987 movie La Bamba. It was a role that came naturally to an artist whose career seemed so similar in the beginning.

And while Someday Someway (which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year) will always be Crenshaw's signature hit, I've always prefered 1983's Whenever You're On My Mind.

These days, Marshall still records (his latest was 2009's Jaggedland) and tours (check here for dates). He even does the occasional interview, especially after a new record as he did for

"I just think anybody who would hear it might like it, you know?" Marshall said of Jaggedland, an album whose title track is actually an instrumental. "The way I come at songwriting, I come at it as a musician first. The first thing for me when I'm writing is to get a piece of music that I can play, that I want to play. So all of my songs start out as instrumentals. Ninety percent of the time I know I'm going to write words for them, but quite often I'll write a piece of music and then just set it aside, sometimes for several months. Sometimes for years, literally. And then sometimes the piece of music itself is better just left alone. So that's what I do; I just let it speak for itself."

[Last modified: Sunday, April 15, 2012 4:29pm]


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