Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

John Mellencamp (formerly Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp) released Scarecrow in 1985. At that time I was playing in a cover band and we covered several songs from that album…and the crowds ate it up like candy. I recognized John’s talent from the first time I heard him on the radio performing I Need A Lover, but on Scarecrow he finally earned his proper spot alongside Bob Seger, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen as one of the heirs of Bob Dylan’s style of confessional songwriting for the common man. Scarecrow contains my absolute favorite Mellencamp song of all-time, the magnificent Minutes To Memories. Other great tunes from this album include Between A Laugh And A Tear, Lonely Ol’ Night, Rumbleseat, and Rain On The Scarecrow. The playing is all top notch, but it is the songwriting that is the real star of this landmark release from the John with many last names.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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