Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

Elton John’s 1975 album–the first ever to debut at the top of the Billboard charts–was not the album that told me lyrics matter.

That was Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence, which had fragments of the lyrics printed on the back cover.

But Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy inspired something far more profound in me than those brief glimpses into Paul Simon’s songcraft.

It compelled me to try writing something of my own.

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