Friday, June 11, 2004

work it out

- and then I turn on the radio today and hear We can Work it Out before Jon Faine talks to a local Beatle academic who talks about the dialogue of cooperation and competition...
Mason also claims Lennon and McCartney formed complex patterns of competition with other songwriters, particularly Bob Dylan. These dialogues or "magic circles", he believes, introduced radical ideas about sex, drugs and rebellion into popular culture

Meanwhile A professor of poetry at Oxford devotes 500 pages to a close analysis of Bob Dylan's greatest hits (via Follow Me Here)

Rick's book is referred to in this recent Age article which suggests that 'isolating lyrics from pop songs is a debatable enterprise':

As at least one reviewer of the book pointed out, treating lyrics as if they were stand-alone literary texts wilfully distorts the artist's intention by disregarding not only the music that the words accompany, but also the arrangement and actual performance.
Mason arguably encounters the same methodological problem as Ricks

meanwhile the conversation with Mason ended with Here Comes The Sun - and that round thing in sky was just too hard to resist.

Frederick McCubbin Winter Sunlight

Comments: work it out
Posted by vernaculo at June 12, 2004 03:58 AM

(melb looking more like this today)
Posted by boynton at June 12, 2004 11:02 AM

Those Becketts are just lovely -- as is the landscape & that green & grey -- something we never really see here in The New England (!), where winter can be grey, but never ever green like that. Everywhere's yellow, scorched, dead. And bloody cold.
Posted by Wendy at June 13, 2004 10:28 AM

the best I can do -- if you can imagine it with just a little less light ....
Posted by wen at June 13, 2004 10:48 AM

I had always thought New England greened up in Winter, so that's a revelation, wen. Dead yellow.
From foggy/misty the weather here deteriorated into foul and filthy - windy and cold - and I'd I think I'd have to go Expressionist on that...

That's a great site, btw.
Posted by boynton at June 14, 2004 11:34 AM

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