When David Bowie wrote the music for his 1992 wedding ceremony to supermodel Iman, he knew that the couple would last; they were still married when he passed away in 2016. “Writing brought my mind around to what commitment means,” he revealed to The Boston Globe. “What I really wanted from now on.”
June Carter felt similarly when she wrote 1962’s “Ring of Fire” about her budding attraction to Johnny Cash. “No way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns,” she wrote at the time, even as her love interest became a volatile handful to be around. And when Paul McCartney wrote “Maybe I’m Amazed” for his wife Linda in 1969, he sang of beholding a powerful, lasting new love -- and practically trembling in awe.