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April 25, 1998
Thank you, Robert Hilburn, for recognizing the songwriters in your "Stormy Weather" review (Pop Beat, April 18). How refreshing to know that a contemporary singer-songwriter can perform somebody else's tune, do it proud, and not drop dead of an ego aneurysm. MOLLY-ANN LEIKIN Santa Monica
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June 9, 2006
We were in the studio recording a movie theme with a singer who was No. 1 on the charts but couldn't sing more than two notes in a row without going flat. At 3 o'clock in the morning, we called Billy Preston (obituary, June 7), who nailed our whole song, brilliantly, in one take. It was called "I'm Never Gonna Say Goodbye." He lived what he sang. Bye, Billy. Thanks for being you. MOLLY-ANN LEIKIN Santa Barbara Leikin is a composer and songwriter.
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OPINION
June 9, 2006
We were in the studio recording a movie theme with a singer who was No. 1 on the charts but couldn't sing more than two notes in a row without going flat. At 3 o'clock in the morning, we called Billy Preston (obituary, June 7), who nailed our whole song, brilliantly, in one take. It was called "I'm Never Gonna Say Goodbye." He lived what he sang. Bye, Billy. Thanks for being you. MOLLY-ANN LEIKIN Santa Barbara Leikin is a composer and songwriter.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1998
Thank you, Robert Hilburn, for recognizing the songwriters in your "Stormy Weather" review (Pop Beat, April 18). How refreshing to know that a contemporary singer-songwriter can perform somebody else's tune, do it proud, and not drop dead of an ego aneurysm. MOLLY-ANN LEIKIN Santa Monica
BUSINESS
September 8, 1989 | Jane Applegate
During the day, Greg Baum is vice president of a Kansas City stock brokerage. But after he and his wife Karen put their three young sons to bed, the Baums retreat to their home music studio to pursue their dream of being hit songwriters. "We do it every spare moment we have," Greg Baum said. "It's truly our love." But how can a couple from Overland, Kan., break into today's cutthroat music business?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2008
Frankie VALLI is a phenomenal singer and performer ["Their Hit Parade," May 4]. He's also hilarious. I was deeply honored when, as my career was just beginning, Frankie wanted to record two of my songs, co-written with Jerry Corbetta, "One of Those Days/One of Those Nights" and "If It Really Wasn't Love." Summoned to Frankie's home in the Hollywood Hills to go over the tunes, we were told Mr. Valli was detained. Through the window we could see him wading through his trash cans and muttering Hail Marys, desperate to find a package he'd wrapped in tin foil and stuffed in his freezer, only to have a new girlfriend toss it during her attempt to look domesticated.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1996
Although in his March 18 review ("Wondrous Wynonna") Robert Hilburn states that Wynonna's main challenge as a performer is that she doesn't write her own material, I disagree. For those of us songwriters who don't sing, the non-writer status of such a major music talent is cause for celebration. Over the past two decades, all songwriters who don't sing have felt increasingly disenfranchised as the music business has sunk into a monopoly for singer-songwriters, leaving us non-singing songcrafters wondering where our successful careers went.
NEWS
April 22, 1993 | GARY LIBMAN
The $300 green sweater highlighted her red hair and brought compliments--until the dry cleaner returned it with spots. Then, in trying to remove the blemishes, the cleaner ruined the sweater, Molly-Ann Leikin says. When the cleaner refused many requests to pay for the garment, the Brentwood woman complained to the county Department of Consumer Affairs. About 100 people filed such grievances about dry cleaning last year with the department and the Better Business Bureau of the Southland.
NEWS
September 6, 1996
Wild things: The animal-rights group PETA wants the city of Fishkill, N.Y., to change its name to the less-hostile-sounding Fishsave. Says Steve Tatham, "What's next? The Catskill Mountains become the Kittypets? Huntsville, Ala., becomes Nurtureville? Hamburg, Germany, becomes Veggieburg? And Mt. Kilimanjaro . . . kill-a-man, that one's OK--especially if he ever stepped on a bug." * Adds Bill Williams, "In a related story, militia members want 'Oregon' changed to 'Oregun.'
BUSINESS
September 8, 1989 | Jane Applegate
During the day, Greg Baum is vice president of a Kansas City stock brokerage. But after he and his wife Karen put their three young sons to bed, the Baums retreat to their home music studio to pursue their dream of being hit songwriters. "We do it every spare moment we have," Greg Baum said. "It's truly our love." But how can a couple from Overland, Kan., break into today's cutthroat music business?
BUSINESS
November 22, 2009
Re: "Composers, lyricists make a union pitch," Nov. 18: Nobody but a musician knows that the job of a lyricist is to write songs that are subtext for TV shows and movies, adding emotional depth that would otherwise be absent. Nobody but a musician knows that a composer's underscore becomes another character. So I invite all of you "civilians" to watch your favorite shows without our songs and cues, to see how thin and naked those episodes feel. Then I'm convinced you'll agree that as composers and lyricists, my colleagues and I bring so much magic to the table.
OPINION
April 15, 2011
Action, not speeches Re "Obama lays out deficit reduction plan," April 14, and "Obama to set clear choice on the deficit," April 12 President Obama gave a great speech Wednesday. He truly spoke to my progressive heart. But can I trust him? He has made great speeches and promises in the past. I worked to get him elected, voted for him and donated to his campaign. However, once he was elected, he did the opposite of what he promised in every realm that was important to me: civil liberties, single-payer healthcare, the wars, the economy and justice.
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