Friday, June 5, 2009

The power of a song

Just watched some great performances on Elvis Costello's Spectacle program on ABC TV - Rosanne Cash, Norah Jones, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Costello. Highlight was this great song titled April 5th written by Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson. (in the picture above from the New York Times article) The song can be found at It's a profound song musically and lyrically, a deeply political song but one of great humanity as well. Rosanne Cash has written a piece in the New York Times about how this song was written and about songwriting, truth and meaning. This paragraph grabbed my attention.
"We are so deeply limited by language, and so ennobled by it. Songs are the attempt to convey what is under and behind language, and so it is counter-productive, if not counter-intuitive, to clutch at exactitudes of circumstance that retreat further in meaning the more desperate we become to quantify them"

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