he’s in the building

A tartan three piece suit and a straw hat.

Big glasses.

A writer of witty pop songs, of angry political songs, of glorious melodies.

A TV host- his conversation with President Clinton about music is well worth seeing.

It’s easy to like Elvis Costello.


It’s easy to underestimate Elvis Costello.

I was expecting a pleasant night out.

One man, six guitars and a piano.

A raised eyebrow, a flick of the hand, and an enraptured audience.

I hadn’t grasped the variety of his songwriting; the range of musical styles of which he is a master.

He stepped away from the microphones and awed the auditorium.

I had somehow missed that he has a fabulous voice.

He played for about half an hour longer than expected.

As we left, all around us we could hear ‘brilliant’, ‘fantastic’, ‘amazing’- no one was talking about heading to the pub, or hurrying home to the babysitter, or real life at all.

An extraordinary night.

I spent the next morning downloading the tracks we weren’t familiar with.

If you get a chance, go. It’ll cost you a fortune in subsequent downloading, but it will be worth it.


3 thoughts on “he’s in the building

  1. Elvis C. is one of my top Good Guys. He and my music collection drifted apart a bit after his second marriage, as his style changed, but maybe it’s time for me to investigate what he’s been doing lately.

  2. Saw him a few times in Dublin – each show a great show – though one audience was at the other end of the auditorium, in the toilets of the Olympia theatre (I think) where he was gallantly escorting ex-wife Cait O’Riordan of the Pogues out of the gents. Well, the queues for the women’s can be awful.

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