Died Today at 73….
Way too young.
I just spent some hours tonight watching some work by one of the greatest writers who ever lived. Jim Steinman.
He wrote on Broadway and in movies and just about everywhere, and maybe wrote some of the best songs in our lives. You can look up the thousands he wrote and I bet you will go “He wrote that! I didn’t know that!” for half of them.
But my favorite writing of his was always the work he did with Meat Loaf, including the two Bat out of Hell albums.
My all-time favorite Jim Steinman song is “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”. This performance is my favorite performance by Meatloaf of the song.
My second all-time favorite Steinman song was also a Meat Loaf song called “Objects in the Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Look.” This one has a stunningly powerful message to old farts like me. Here is the music video. An amazing story in song.
Songwriter hall of fame and maybe one of the best storytellers we had across the board. People are dying too much these days. Never met him, but damn I hate the fact that he is gone. Enjoy those two videos and then take note of maybe some of your favorite songs as to who wrote them. Might have been Jim Steinman.