Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Disturbing Ballad of Bob Woodruff, Part 2
In 1994, Bob Woodruff was a hot Nashville property. He was New Jersey rocker who suddenly began to pour out great country songs, which lead to a deal with Asylum Records in Nashville and a well-received album, Dreams and Saturday Nights. But Woodruff eventually left Asylum without making another album. Lonesome Onry and Mean: What's your version of what happened at Asylum? We've heard several versions and are sure all these versions contain elements of fact and fiction. BW: After Dreams and Saturday Nights came out, Asylum didn't pick up my option for a second record. Instead they suggested I do more co-writing and offered me an advance and a budget to record masters for part of a new album. I agreed to do more co-writing, but I had done that development-deal thing before with the first album and felt the label at that point should either commit to a second record or let me go. I really liked the people there, but in my heart I felt that the label was changing and becoming a less suitable home for my music, so I basically walked away with no hard feelings. I then met with ex-Sony Records president Roy Wunsch and became the first signing at his new label, Imprint Records, but that's another story.
LOM: Your MySpace page says you've been writing for film. What songs have you placed in what films? Did you write specifically for a film?
BW: So far I'm fortunate to have had the song "There's Something There" placed in a romantic comedy called Her Minor Thing. I had the opportunity to write a couple songs, "What Is Heaven" and "Where the Angels Know Your Name," for Peter Jackson's next film The Lovely Bones, which is based on a novel my friend Alice Sebold wrote.
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However, Jackson has decided to use music exclusively from the 1970s, the period in which the story takes place. I also wrote a song for Mark Pellington's last film, Henry Poole is Here. It didn't make the cut either unfortunately, but that's show biz.
A couple of these songs were already written and just happened to fit the theme of the film or mood of the scene. Others were written more specifically for the movie. I enjoy writing for films and I would welcome the opportunity to do more of it. A writing assignment can be a fun and inspiring challenge, and I find you can always bring something personal to a song even when you're writing within the parameters of a particular story or theme.
Next week we'll conclude our Bob Woodruff interview.
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