John Fogerty Draws Inspiration from the ‘Beauty of Nature’ To Write Music

by Joe Rutland

Never let it be said that “Creedence Clearwater Revival” lead singer John Fogerty doesn’t like to get away from the bustle of everyday life.

No, John Fogerty loves to surround himself with a touch of nature. It’s where he can get deeply connected with his songwriter’s muse and let it flow out.

Fogerty shared a photo and some cogent words in a recent post on Twitter.

If you think the singer-songwriter is slowing down, then think again. John Fogerty turned 76 years old on May 28th and released his latest EP “Freedom” on July 1. Before the EP, though, he also released a single called “Weeping in the Promised Land.”

John Fogerty Recalled Writing ‘Born On The Bayou’ Without Ever Visiting The South

Yet Fogerty, even with his solo work, will always be connected with CCR. Some of their hits include “Proud Mary,” “Run Through The Jungle,” “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” and their version of “I Put A Spell On You.”

One of CCR’s biggest hits is “Born On The Bayou.” Fogerty talks about writing the song in an interview for “The Pop Chronicles” back in 1970. The song was released in 1969.

Fogerty said that he set the song in the South, where he’d actually never visited before in his life.

“‘Born on the Bayou’ was vaguely like ‘Porterville,’ about a mythical childhood and a heat-filled time, the Fourth of July,” Fogerty said. “I put it in the swamp where, of course, I had never lived. It was late as I was writing.

“I was trying to be a pure writer, no guitar in hand, visualizing and looking at the bare walls of my apartment,” he said. “Tiny apartments have wonderful bare walls, especially when you can’t afford to put anything on them. ‘Chasing down a hoodoo.’ Hoodoo is a magical, mystical, spiritual, non-defined apparition, like a ghost or a shadow, not necessarily evil, but certainly other-worldly.

“I was getting some of that imagery from Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters.”

CCR Lead Singer Has Never Forgetten About His Dedication to Military

John Fogerty is not a musician who is shy about expressing his views. He is very devoted in his dedicating time and talents to serving military veterans.

As a matter of fact, the singer-songwriter is a United States Army reservist and Vietnam veteran himself.

He recalled visiting Veterans Village in Las Vegas. Fogerty talked about sharing his time and donating to veterans. Fogerty, though, first received a touching letter from the veterans compound asking for his help.

“We got to get in touch with this guy,” Fogerty said. “He’s really passionate and he’s the real deal. Let’s find out what we can do to help.”