"Everyday I Write the Book" by Elvis Costello
For whatever reason I’ve heard this song multiple times this week, and not in the context you’d expect. Actually, I’m not sure what context you’d expect to hear Elvis Costello, but in my case this song kept popping up in podcasts— talk podcasts, at that, where music is just used as bridges. CBC, BBC and NPR. Not once did they play the full song, which was frustrating, because it’s one of those songs that once you hear, you want to hear again and again, definitely not just snippets.
I’ve noticed that you don’t often see Elvis Costello as an “influence” on contemporary artists. Lou Reed, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell all get mentioned by every other band (especially lyric driven ones), but Elvis Costello? I really can’t think of a single artist who attributes inspiration to him. This is surprising, because a lot of what he did is extremely contemporary. Listen to this song: the marriage of rough, rock and roll voice to claccist pop harmonies/female vocalists? That’s Destroyer all the way, even though everyone would credit Leonard Cohen. Whatever. I’ll be listening to my Value Village “The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions” today, which was how I was introduced to him in the first place, and remains one of the best albums I own. Happy Sunday, everyone!
Footnote: If I can stick to it (and history indicates I won’t be able to), Sundays are going to be classic Sundays here— blogging about pre-2000s music.