Title: Only Love Can Bring You Peace
Author: Simon Joyner
Page Count/Review Word Count: 284
Simon Joyner is one of my favourite singer/songwriters of all time, and so when I got the chance to catch one of his live shows, I jumped at it. It was a great show, and I had a chance to meet the man himself, but one of my highlights was coming home with this little beauty. I didn’t even know it was existed, but I was able to grab a signed copy there and then from the author – which was awesome.
This, then, is Simon Joyner’s collected lyrics, and the songs inside span over a quarter of a century of creative output. Reading through is almost like binging on his music, except that you can get through more if it more quickly. It’s also like reading a poetry book, which just goes to show that the best lyricists really can be poets in their own right. I’d say that Joyner is one of the great lyricists, and I’ve always enjoyed his work. Seeing it in book form is like a natural evolution, and it works really well.
Add that to the fact that it also includes interviews, liner notes and stunning pieces of art that were created by Joyner fans and other musicians and you can start to see why this is such a cool piece to add to your collection. It might not mean as much to you if you’re not a Simon Joyner fan, but you’d still enjoy it. And if you’re a fan, it’s just sublime. It’s an absolute must-have, at least for me.