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I recently bore witness to a rather unique interaction: one of my favorite bands, Walk The Moon chatting and exchanging numbers with Diane Warren, who is a legendary songwriter. The guys from WTM were leaving my broadcast booth and thankfully, Warren was on her way in. I immediately wanted to know what they all chatted about.

“They were in the audience at the ASCAP Awards; I got a big award that night,” Warren recalled, later revealing that she might collaborate with the band. “Snoop gave (the award) to me, and I had worked with Snoop the year before. We were just joking that he had this giant blunt in his hand and I’m like, ‘Who has a match?’”

There is little if nothing that Warren, whose discography of penned tracks dates back to 1979, hasn’t seen or experienced. But if there has been one constant throughout her storied career, it is her approach to songwriting.

“I always went with my heart,” Warren insisted while noting that this very mindset led her to write “Stand Up For Something,” a song that Andra Day and Common performed for the movie, “Marshall.” She is proud of the final product and rightfully so; the track is up for Best Song Written For Visual Media at this year’s GRAMMYs. It is the eleventh time Warren has received a nomination in this category; she won the GRAMMY for it in 1997 thanks to Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” from the 1996 film, “Up Close & Personal.”

Every year that I’m on-air for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I play this song for the Daily Download segment. Of course it serves as a nice reminder to why MLK Day is a national holiday, but it doesn’t hurt that the song itself is very good.

They’d spell this “Favourite Song” in Canada, eh? Seriously, never thought I’d say I’m a fan of a COLBIE CAILLAT song, haha. This is off her new album, All of You.


01.14.09 : Beyonce f. Lil Wayne – Diva (Mick Boogie Remix)
01.13.09 : Eminem f. Dr. Dre, 50 Cent – Crack A Bottle
01.08.09 : Common f. Pharrell – Universal Mind Control