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by A rope leash
Tue May 26, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Frank, Elvis, and the Randomized Head
Replies: 1
Views: 739

Re: Frank, Elvis, and the Randomized Head

Here are ten things Frank Zappa wrote or said that Bob Dylan really should have listened to but did not because it goes beyond the allowable paradigm for entertainment industry reptiles: What’s there to live for? Who needs the Peace Corps? Unbind your mind, there is no time…boing! Flower power sucks...
by A rope leash
Tue May 26, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Frank, Elvis, and the Randomized Head
Replies: 1
Views: 739

Frank, Elvis, and the Randomized Head

Inside our brains tiny bundles of nerve cells hold our memory’s store. We should never be surprised or ashamed that when we wake perhaps a bit of the 1910 Fruitgum Company comes to the fore of our consciousness and decides to stay awhile. If your brain is as mean as mine, it will do that to you out ...
by A rope leash
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello OBE
Replies: 95
Views: 102477

Re: Elvis Costello OBE

"War is a racket." - General Smedley Butler There's no escaping it. Their scam is our scam, and it's the only scam we got. They can pull paper out of their asses and call it money. We must bow to that, because what else is there? Don't join. Seems simple enough. But you have to do somethi...
by A rope leash
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: t-bone as SXSW
Replies: 6
Views: 4409

Re: t-bone as SXSW

The Internet has been the harbinger of an apocalypse. Average people have become quite educated in the true ways of the world. It’s a revelation. I read T-Bone’s speech, and boy is it too little too late. The Monster has decided to reveal itself, and become normalized. One or two more generations, a...
by A rope leash
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Valentine’s Day and ‘I Want You’
Replies: 1
Views: 2649

Re: Valentine’s Day and ‘I Want You’

It's the ultimate "love sucks" song.

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by A rope leash
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Chewing gum delusion
Replies: 12
Views: 9108

Re: Chewing gum delusion

You definitely just made my Valentine's Day list, Jack. Love to you because you get it, man. You know what you're talking about. You hit the poem's weak spot, and I agree with your assessment of the target. No doubt I'll have to tinker with it. Nothing's boring if you like it. Poetry is actually ver...
by A rope leash
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Chewing gum delusion
Replies: 12
Views: 9108

Re: Chewing gum delusion

I don't mind boring people. A poem is never finished. This one was rewritten a couple of times, but it's mostly a product of sudden inspiration and thought flow. I don't approach writing in a technical manner. For me, it's thought collection, message, and flow of presentation. I'm not asking if it n...
by A rope leash
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Chewing gum delusion
Replies: 12
Views: 9108

Re: Chewing gum delusion

What bothers me about poetry is that it's quite personal, but also universal. Expressing one's humanity is not as easy as it sounds. Last year I was doing a bit of soul-searching, and I wound up going through some old writings. Of course, I'm wrecked by reading some of it, making my own self cry, as...
by A rope leash
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Chewing gum delusion
Replies: 12
Views: 9108

Re: Chewing gum delusion

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of poetry. I only submitted a few poems online one day when I discovered how easy it was. I found out the other day that I can submit via email to a local literary agent, and I might try that. It's like playing the lottery, I guess...can't win if you don't play. I did...
by A rope leash
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Chewing gum delusion
Replies: 12
Views: 9108

Re: Chewing gum delusion

I remember Alex and ElVez. It's amazing how long this forum has lasted. I wonder where people go...phones and Facebook, I suppose. Or maybe I ran them off. Thanks for the kudos and the recommendations. I shall check it out! Thanks also for the encouragement. I submitted online four poems to The New ...
by A rope leash
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Chewing gum delusion
Replies: 12
Views: 9108

Re: Chewing gum delusion

Wow, thanks for the praise, sulky!

To be honest, something like this just builds up in me and has to come out. I'm grateful to have somewhere to put it where it can be appreciated.

A nice shot of dopamine for me this morning...smiles and waves to you and to anyone else that trudged through it!
by A rope leash
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Chewing gum delusion
Replies: 12
Views: 9108

Chewing gum delusion

He has been my hero for four decades. He saved Rock and Roll from the unwieldy beast it had become, busting it down to a few basic elements…keyboard, guitar and drum…love, angst, and anger. I was in the freaking Air Force at the time. I didn’t have need for much else. On the other end now, I couldn’...
by A rope leash
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Favourite lyrical alliteration (formerly assonance!)
Replies: 14
Views: 9025

Re: Favourite lyrical alliteration (formerly assonance!)

I picked up on that one pretty quick, Dr. Luth...great shot at the corporate radio mindset. I think this one counts, from one of my favorite songs... Dial me a Valentine She's a smooth operator It's all so calculated She's got a calculator She's my soft touch typewriter and I'm the great dictator It...
by A rope leash
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 5 Favorite Elvis Albums
Replies: 31
Views: 19879

Re: 5 Favorite Elvis Albums

I have trouble with favorite lists, but it occurs to me that there are Elvis records that mean more to me than others. 1. This Years Model ...my fave of the first two and a half years. I used to be so young and angry. 2. King of America ...after Elvis fell off the radio with Almost Blue , this is th...
by A rope leash
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now , October 2018
Replies: 476
Views: 2194721

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

What I got out of the movie Purple Rain , was that the audience liked Prince but not as much as the other band, until prince played a song that sucked, then somehow everyone liked him much better. Wide appeal is what's required for a popular hit, plus a beat and a hook, and a hopeful outlook. It's s...
by A rope leash
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Painted From Memory' on Broadway
Replies: 94
Views: 69594

Re: 'Painted From Memory' on Broadway

Her name is Isabelle. They had a daughter together but she disowned them a few years after the divorce. They've all been separated for years.

Might have to bring Jimmie in for some comic relief...
by A rope leash
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros
Replies: 19
Views: 13880

Re: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros

The songwriter has an idea of how the vocals should sound. In Elvis' case, he knows how it's going to sound and what works. He also has a lifetime of tricks he can employ here and there as spice. On the current release, the words "confessed" and "welcome" come to mind, the little...
by A rope leash
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros
Replies: 19
Views: 13880

Re: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros

I think most of the world would agree that Elvis does not have a "beautiful" voice. It is very distinctive, however, and he manages to put it where and when it needs to be, all up and down the register. Yes, the high-end is often strained, which is okay for Rock and Roll, but maybe not so ...
by A rope leash
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Painted From Memory' on Broadway
Replies: 94
Views: 69594

Re: 'Painted From Memory' on Broadway

Hey...just skimmed this thread, and found very few clues to what the premise and the plot to the musical might have been. Has it been revealed? Anyway, listening to the new release and songs that may or may not have been included, I have surmised a scenario of my own... A man is commissioned to pain...
by A rope leash
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Hey you out there...
Replies: 5
Views: 4983

Re: Hey you out there...

"Insidious"!

Perfect! I can see it used as a promotional device...





...mmmmmm! Insidious!
by A rope leash
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros
Replies: 19
Views: 13880

Re: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros

It doesn't matter what kind of music your are into, because Elvis has a little something for everyone. He's like the Santa Claus of songwriters. I can literally feel my vocal chords trying to work out the songs on this recording. I'm getting better, but the range is sometimes impossible. Forget the ...
by A rope leash
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Hey you out there...
Replies: 5
Views: 4983

Re: Hey you out there...

Hey thanks for the positive review of my review! This record now pretty much controls my brain. It's sinking right in and nesting comfortably. Thank you Elvis! Yeah, I get that Dusty Springfield feel, maybe some Dionne Warwick. I could see Beck sampling it... Still don't hear it on the radio, though...
by A rope leash
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros
Replies: 19
Views: 13880

Re: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros

Nice deconstruction here. Elvis has been saying that maybe he wasn't the best original choice for singer of the band. But, when it comes to Elvis, I've never heard a cover sound better than his original. He's trained his voice well over the years, and he's become very adept. I don't know what kind o...
by A rope leash
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Hey you out there...
Replies: 5
Views: 4983

Hey you out there...

...sorry about the separate thread. I didn't want this rambling mess to disjoint someone else's. "Young poets imitate. Mature poets steal." - T. S. Eliot I got the rent caught up and made the car payment. Stupid cellphones... So we got a little food, and saved some gas money, and I said wh...

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