Thursday, November 5, 2015
I just finished reading Elvis Costello's memoir, "Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink." He dies at the end.
Okay, he doesn't.
I liked the book but I didn't love the book and yet I could not put it down. It felt more like a race to see what would come next. The man is a fantastic writer and at no time did I feel bored. I just wish he was as funny as he thinks he is. (As one friend put it, "He was a lot funnier before he wore the hat.") And again, like with the Keith book and the Townshend book, there were specifics I was hoping to find and did not.
Still, I highly recommend this tome to any fan of the man, as you will find out more than you've known before, about his childhood, his lyrics and music in general.
One of the things I learned was that the song "April 5th," originally premiered during a "guitar pull" on the show "Spectacle" that Costello hosted, was written by producer John Leventhal, with each verse written by the vocalist who sings it. In this case it would be Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash and Elvis. According to El, a bunch of songs had been written and recorded by this super trio for a proposed album called KCC, which may still see the light of the day at some point.
This song knocked me flat when I first saw it performed by this trio and now the recorded version appears as part of the accompanying CD soundtrack to the book. I love many things about "April 5th," but I am particularly moved by the Costello's falsetto, which quite frankly, I had no idea he possessed.
Beautifully haunting, "April 5th" is my Song Of The Week.
If you plan on reading the book, avoid the comments section.