How to Write a Counting Crows Song

Posted by Carlos Gabriel Ruiz on April 11th, 2008

Counting Crows Saturday Nights and Sunday MorningsYou have to love Adam Duritz and the Counting Crows. Listening to August and Everything After as well as Recovering the Satellites and you can’t help but feel their pain. A lot of people can sing, but very few people can make you feel when the do it. Duritz and the Crows do both with panache. Their newest disc, Saturday Night and Sundays Mornings is their best album this century and very much follows in the footsteps of the first two. I was excited when I heard the Crows perform on Sirius Radio via the Howard Stern Show. Many bands put out good CDs but then disappoint when you go see them live. The Counting Crows put out really good CDs and then put on an excellent live show. If you haven’t seen them, I encourage you to buy a ticket and take the ride when they come through your town.

How to Write a Counting Crows Song in 5 Steps:
Step One: Pick a Girl: Elizabeth, Maria, Ms. Potter, etc.
Step Two: Pick a City: Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, etc.
Step Three: Add some weather, usually rain.
Step Four: Add a line about the circus
Step Five: Reference Dylan or the Dead

Shake it up, throw in some melody and then you’ll have a Crows song. Of course selling it like Duritz and company do is another thing entirely.

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