Earlier this week I learned that Sheryl Crow's breakthrough hit "All I Wanna Do" is based on a poem called "Fun" by Wyn Cooper. This is probably common knowledge, and may even be taught in elementary school, but it was news to me and I was only too happy to feature it on my blog Classics Rock!, which explores the intersection of popular music and literature.
A few hours after the post went up yesterday, something cool happened: Wyn Cooper left a comment. In the glorious and esteemed ten-month history of Classics Rock!, this marks the first time a writer featured on the blog has left a comment. For all I know, it's the first time a writer featured on the blog has read the blog.
I was particularly gratified (not to mention relieved) by the fact that his comment was positive: "This is incredibly accurate," he wrote, "something I don't see often when my poem and the song that came out of it are discussed. Thanks." Thank you, Wyn! He also pointed me toward other poems he's written that have been set to music (including a musical collaboration with novelist Madison Smartt Bell), which will almost certainly be turning up on Classics Rock! at some point.
Authors, please follow Wyn Cooper's lead. If you are fortunate enough to be featured on Classics Rock!, by all means, leave a comment. Especially if it's complimentary. On the other hand, if you're feeling snarky then please think twice before posting.
Oh, and Sheryl? Love to hear from you too.