The name of this site derives from a private joke between myself and friend called Garry. We were both vaguely interested in self-improvement and all things psychological, and had read the works of an obscure hypnotherapist named R.N.Shrout. Personally I found the author's name to be of more interest than the content of his books, and adopted it as a kind of nickname. It stuck, and to Garry I became "Shrout". So, when I decided I'd like to build a website about songwriters, it somehow seemed right to use the name, even though the subject of the site has nothing whatsoever to do with hypnotherapy. That's about it.
The site is my response to a long-held belief that songwriters often lose much of the recognition they deserve to the artists who perform their songs.
The intention of the site is therefore to redress the balance in some small way. It is also a collection point for information about a group of songwriters
- not necessarily my personal favourites - whose songs I believe have penetrated most deeply into the public consciousness and,
more importantly, stayed there. ( I have actually thrown in one or two of my favourites as well for good measure ). In choosing who to include I asked myself
the following question... over the past two centuries who has written songs which are still being sung today, and whose songs do I think will still be being
sung two centuries from now?
The song index is a reference point for song attributions, and the historical section attempts to place songwriters in the context of the development of popular music, hopefully highlighting the role of some of it's more obscure contributors.
Happy browsing, and ( I hope ) happy shopping !