I like the words. i really like how they’re comically pessimistic. Sortof like he’s just being grouchy just because, but he really has a kooky and solid character and doesn’t really care about not-caring. I like to think that.
I like Elvis Costello.
I just relate to his lyrics a lot. Especially the earlier ones. Everyone characterized them as the typical “angry young man” – but I think he was just pulling everyone’s leg. I like to think that.
I could be wrong, but that’s my Elvis Costello and he’s the only one that matters to me.
Plus I think its kindof funny how he’s like BFFs with Jenny Lewis. (who was an inspiration for the hair-in-the-shrub shot…i should post that) it all comes full circle.
Which reminds me of a quote by another musician I’ve grown to like (though his latest album didn’t quite match the first two, IMHO)… who am I kidding, I totally love him (and I know I am not alone in this love):
“Some of us go full circle. Some of us blindly go nowhere. The circle doesn’t have to be very large to make a point, kick your ass and/or be entertaining. Remember that and stay light.”
He is also a neat lyricist. I really like his stuff. it’s rap-y.
indulge me a moment of la nostalgie: I remember when I did a poetry project when I was in 9th grade I included the words to “in My life” by the Beatles and had a sortof eureka moment that I liked lyrics to stuff. They don’t have to be lofty either. (I was just playing some Burt Bacharach/hal david and some George/Ira Gershwin – the latter(s) of whom were the lyricists…and man, I love that stuff!)
Ooo, further nostalgia…have I mentioned that I met the guy who wrote the words to Mr. Ed!??!@#@$(*&#@ —among so many other awesome songs (Silver Bells, Que Sera Sera, the theme to BONANZA!!!!)…his name was Ray Evans — he spoke at a panel at an almuni thing at UPenn when i was a jr, and I swear, when I found out he was who he was, I had an attack of super-fan intensity. I think he was like 89 or something. He might as well have been Michael jackson on the thriller tour to me. that was so cool.