ELVIS COSTELLO - GREAT FEELINGS
Last year came to an end his seemingly steadfast marriage to former Pogues bassist-Cait O'Riordan. Once beyond the upheaval he found a new love in the Canadian jazz chanteuse Diana Krall. This turnaround in his otherwise always hidden private life inspired Elvis Costello to write North, a super romantic album somewhere between Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.
Declan MacManus (48) looks disappointment Easter beast of a jet black suit, including a bright white shirt with cuff buy a purple silk tie and half-height black laklaarzen. With his right leg over the arm of the chair and beaten almost empty litre bottle of mineral water on a pink dangling, he sits there as anything but a gentleman at. Still gives the former angry young man of British new wave certainly not indifferent impression. As one of the few pop musicians he lets himself namely like to ask about his job, so even after five previous meetings remains a pleasure to be able to interview him. Only is his rate of speech, this time slightly lower than usual, and also the formulation is somewhat more difficult to him this late summer's volatility decreases, which incidentally shows due to a hefty jetlag. Arrived yesterday from Vancouver, Elvis Costello here at this Amsterdam hotel will kick off a European promotional tour, where every other person already in advance of death would get tired. A Catholic education denies apparently not so soon, because the nearly fifty-agnostic still honours the old credo: the devil's makes work for idle hands.
You're already been doing this for more than a quarter century, but your productivity will be even higher. Where the hell do you get the energy from?
"I write songs, I make records and I give performances. That's just what I do and I like to do it It's seldom that I did not feel like doing anything I try to enforce:... It comes when it comes. definitely I do not force me. Sometimes the songs force themselves to speak boldly, as in the case of North. late September last year I got started in the middle of a tour and on New Year's Day I had them all finished, which I had invented. as well as the arrangements certainly Die orchestrations I later anyway still written during the shooting, so I would not get to still a lot to tackle., with all those strings and horns in the studio tempted that is the advantage of a composer's own arranger, he does everything in the service of the song, and nothing to the greater honor and glory of self So it was essentially a transparent sounding record of a singer with a pianist and a rhythm section. where in some cases any instrumental drama is added to enhance the emotion. It had to remain subdued, it was not to be great. "
But blood is thicker it where it can not go? Was not it difficult to keep small?
"No, not in this case. All songs were created at the piano, and that was the base while I they had previously almost always transposed. So I opted mostly for an interpretation on electric instruments by at least four musicians, possibly supplemented by a horn section. thus, the final version did come sometimes to cede from the original version, also because I often chose a higher register. very far this time I kept the original key, leaving me with my low speaking voice sing and that creates a certain intimacy to the whole . the music sounds like someone speaks confidential. the midnight aspect of the songs was thus retained. songs piece by piece in the middle of the night written. those are the hours of the revelations, the thoughts and feelings you at daylight for you love, where it does not matter whether they are sad or excited. "
The story behind North is already well written in advance for everyone to read. Until now, you had to always guess with you until a reissue of an album came out, which you poured out a few things about your private life.
"In retrospect, it is safe to pop out of the school, because you can be anyone else hurt them harm. Moreover, the listener already had enough time to absorb the record. You do not saddled him with all kinds of background information that a personal interpretation in the way way the music is estimated at least at its true value, but years later it might be so kind to certain assumptions refuted or even confirmed for North to see it all does not matter:... this record can be but interpret one way. it is a complete story that goes from dark to light. a relationship is on the rocks, a new love presents itself. everybody has ever experienced, everyone can recognize in themselves. "
Your albums have been particularly listen as fiction without prior knowledge. You rarely seemed to sing about yourself
"Nothing is true, I would say. Course I have a lot of characters created, but not nearly as much as for example, Randy Newman and Tom Waits En. Sure, especially I have my eyes often focused on the outside world. the last decade, however, there are numerous direct autobiographical songs across., I find mind-boggling, that my work has sometimes been characterized as insensitive and cold because I'm just one of the most emotional writers in the pop music of the past quarter century. Most of the people abstract emotions apparently only when the singer apparently it is double thickness on top, preferably still with the necessary theatrical presentation. Controlled emotion can apparently difficult to understand. conscious North cleared of any melodramatic. way, there is no trace of irony in a way that I often used to establish if there is a violent state of mind was at the song is based. Or distance I decided to hide for reasons of diplomacy, discretion things or decorum. This time I have any spare let go, I've been so frank as possible. I just said what I felt and thought while I had found when I had given me. "Thus exposing the twenties too embarrassing
You have never been the Jackson Browne "fuck me, I'm so sensitive' type. Did you do that from an aversion to all those singer-songwriters that their hearts do not murder pit?
"In my younger years I now once harbored a huge distrust sensitive singers with such perfect hair like Jackson Browne. Yet there was also time for me not the slightest doubt that the pain was in his work truly lived. After all, his happened to him things at a relatively young age that a man does not sit. in the cold clothes in that sense it was unjust of me to mention that school of writers of that time. him as an example because God save us from the mediocre figures the footsteps of the truly great talents. Wimps are, especially compared with such a distinct and rigorous someone like Joni Mitchell. She is perhaps even more rigid than Bob Dylan. "
Many singer-songwriters have pedants something about themselves. Wallowing in emotions encounters soon against the chest.
"You can not possibly artist if you're not self- centered. It is a crucial character trait, a basic condition for creating art. Dull and boring do is an entirely different matter. You must be an artist try to sublimate you. Complacency not successful you , then missing it easy to technique, you'll unfortunately the ability to remain self-centeredness into something beautiful, interesting and overweldigends. Creativity, imagination and inspiration should of course be grown and for that matter the climate is now anything but favorable. the popdivisies of the major record companies are run by bloated and imagined rapscallions without any artistic clue. same goes for the voorgeprogammeerde media, where you'll be able to take the sparse music with substance and integrity, who at the time in course rarely knowledge however, substantial is created. "
Suppose gonna learn that you were an entrant.
"I would not get a foot in the door, I would have to operate. In the periphery of the periphery Altogether may I lucky that I started at the end of the era when talent got the chance to mature. Thus I have a certain status to build, so I can keep going my own way. I best be compared to an independent film director, which is financed by a large company without having to dance. at someone pipes But honestly, I would soon well be to keep. seen Not for nothing is North appeared at the classical branch of my record company, where there is open-minded people to work with a good taste. they must also eventually to survive, so they find it more and more in width because they are well aware that until the end of time can not release. Beethoven symphonies is why they are now able to operate the popdivisies pull. publicly Some pop music is indeed comparable with modern classical music: it's art. And I absolutely do not feel embarrassed for me to say that I want to make art. I am, after all, an artist. "
For someone who is so seriously involved with music, it must have been fixed to suddenly see emerge. Himself in the tabloids and the sections show a strange sensation
"Strange, yes, but not ready Baar. Diana is in Canada because a national celebrity, though I was nevertheless to look when a benefit performance of our headlines appeared there. Ridiculously enough, there was even more space consuming than for the war in Iraq. and in England, they simply have a morbid interest in the private lives of public figures., I'm still known as that weird guy that in the seventies a handful of hits scored. I have known quite a successful career since then they are completely missed. doing so, they ask themselves amazed how such unattractive guy so beautiful and additionally ten years younger woman has managed to beat. "on the hook
In your wild years you did willfully conflict escalate to inspiration, so have you ever reveals. Now you seem rather someone every mayhem in his private life trying to avoid, because you anyway distract from work.
"I did not sit on that divorce waiting, no. Cait and I have been married for sixteen years and I really thought for a moment that there was ever an end would come. However to happen anyway and I hated it, but I 'm certainly not bitter or resentful. Why would I want to make a wry plate full of recriminations Apart from that it would be extraordinarily disrespectful towards her testimony when I was dirty had hung out. on the other hand, I am a writer, so use I use my experiences for granted as a material for my lyrics, though I kept it all very discreet: I come nowhere in detail how painful the separation was in fact, there is relatively shortly after a wonderful new love replaces instance '.. n happiness in my lap to get a person agrees extremely grateful, almost to the humble off. I have now seen two marriages fail, but it will not happen to me again. Or so I hope. "