Bob Seger is touring again after a hiatus. His career has lasted for decades and part of his longevity is due to his songwriting. Raunchy anthems like "Fire Down Below" and "Her Strut," are only part of his repertoire. His Silver Bullet Band spent excessive time on the road, and the lyrics for "Katmandu," "Travelin' Man," and "Turn the Page" are ripe for a doctoral thesis on the effects of endless touring.
Seger also wrote plenty of story songs. "Mainstreet" and "Hollywood Nights" evoke a sense of place and desperation. The late 80's was an unfortunate period where Seger was seduced by the lucrative movie soundtrack business (you can be snide, but many of us have high school photos from this period we'd rather forget.) Still, many of Seger's lyrics rival other troubadour's with their relevancy and rhyme scheme. One of his first hits, "Feel Like a Number," actually works as a protest song.
Few rock artists get credit for songwriting ability beyond Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, but the combination of strong music and lyrics is part of Seger's attraction. As he wrote in "Beautiful Loser, "he's your oldest and your best friend/when you need him, he'll be there again.'
St. Louis County Library has a number of Bob Seger albums in our catalog, take one home today.
--Cindy F., Headquarters