Once a week after school in 2005, teenage Taylor Swift would bounce into Nashville songwriter Liz Rose’s office, blond curls everywhere, chatting excitedly about her day. She liked to grab water and maybe a handful of M&M’s before she settled in behind a guitar or piano. Then, abruptly, she would snap into work mode and start to write a song, with a laserlike focus that might surprise anyone who has spent time with a teen.
LOS ANGELES — When John Williams, composer of such classic movie scores as “E.T.,” “Indiana Jones” and “Superman,” accepted the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, he confessed a slight misunderstanding on one of his signature films, “Star Wars.”
NEW YORK — Bernie Worrell, the ingenious “Wizard of Woo” whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop and other genres, has died.
The title had some Kris Kristofferson fans fearing his 2013 album “Feeling Mortal” was his last. Now, entering his ninth decade, Kristofferson is feeling sentimental, with a new offering that’s like a living epitaph.
MINNEAPOLIS — Long before Prince died, he told close friends he wanted to turn his Paisley Park home and studio complex into a museum. Now, the trust company overseeing his estate — likely with the backing of Prince’s siblings — is exploring the idea to open it up as a tourist attraction that some have compared with Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
CALABASAS, Calif. — When Neil Young turned his 1959 Lincoln Continental into an electric car, developed a high-tech digital music system and mixed animal sounds into his latest album, he didn’t think it was revolutionary. They were just cool ideas he wanted to try.
LOS ANGELES — The opening to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” one of rock ’n’ roll’s best-known ballads, was played for jurors Tuesday in a case brought by the estate of a dead musician that claims it was stolen by the men credited with creating it.
NEW YORK — “Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, won the 2016 Tony Award for best new musical, capping an emotional night in which many in the Broadway community rallied to embrace the LGBT community after a shooting at a gay Florida nightclub.