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  • The Man Who Writes Hits for Daft Punk, Madonna and Bowie

    What do the songs We Are Family, Let’s Dance, Like a Virgin, Get Lucky, Love Shack have in common, besides being some of the best known hits in the world? They were all written and/or produced by one man, Nile Rodgers.

    Rodgers has produced albums for Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, Madonna, David Bowie, Beck, The B-52s, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and many more. He’s also produced music for many films. To me, it’s amazing that one man could produce so many hit songs, for such a variety of bands, and over so many years.

    The New York Times has done a really interesting interview with him. Watch it below, then see if you can answer the listening questions.

     

     

    Answer the questions in comments and we will respond.

    1. What does he say is the difference between performance and composition?
    2. What do you think of his house?
    3. What was the “neighbor kid” confused about?
    4. What did he get at 60.
    5. Why did her write a song titled “I’m Coming Out” for Diana Ross?
    6. Why was he at that club?
    7. When did his life change when he was young?
    8. How has it changed more recently?
    9. What do you think makes him able to write so many hits?

    Here’s a little more Nile Rodgers for you to freak out to 😉