Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams Host Oscars’ Original Song Contenders at Songwriters Hall of Fame Panel

Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams Host Oscars’ Original Song Contenders at Songwriters Hall of Fame Panel
Sometimes the backstories of Oscar-nominated songs are as compelling as the songs themselves.

Last week, the Songwriters Hall of Fame corralled nine of this year’s 12 nominated songwriters for a round-table discussion of how their songs came to be written, and how they feel about contributing to the art of cinema.

Paul Williams, Oscar winner (“Evergreen”) and president and chairman of the board of ASCAP, and Nile Rodgers, Grammy-winning producer-writer and Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman, were co-moderators of the hour-long panel.

“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7

Writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s script had the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” as an optimistic end-title song which, composer Daniel Pemberton said, “was probably not going to work.” Seeking an original idea, he thought, “How do you take this very complicated story and make it very simple, with a song that hits people directly, and has a deeper meaning?
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