Thursday, December 08, 2005

Softening With Age

It really saddens me when brilliant artists lose their edge with age. Early Police albums kick all kinds of ass next to any sappy Sting album of the past decade or so. Although Binx will disagree (if that is indeed your name, Binx!), pre-1976 Elton John has a coke-fueled urgency that makes his newer stuff look like a couple old ladies dropping bread crumbs out of their arthritic hands for the sheer pleasure of encouraging pigeon breeding. I think the horse of my mind just trotted off its trail, but the point is that pre-1976 Elton John is good. Everything after blows.

But nowhere is the dulled blade of age more apparent than in Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize acceptance speech. This is a man whose plays epitomize the raw power of naked emotion. So it just breaks my heart to see Harold hold back. What's with the timidity? I just wish he would say what he means, and come right out with it. Oh, Harold. Have you gotten so comfortable?

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6 Comments:

At 12:03 PM , Blogger dan g said...

You can read more about Pinter's speech here.

 
At 12:06 PM , Blogger dan g said...

And read Pinter's words in their entirety here.

 
At 7:37 PM , Blogger Ali said...

Speaking of artists losing their oomph, remember Axl's big "comeback"? Yeouch.

 
At 9:39 PM , Anonymous sting said...

Who's softening with age? I've had a perpetual erection since 1997, mate. I've made a special device that I can attach to it and turn it into a music stand. I mean, I can cut diamonds with my willy, you know?

Oh, you mean my music. Yes, well. That's different, isn't it?

 
At 9:47 AM , Blogger Ali said...

Anybody read Hunter Thompson's suicide note yet? Not soft - just sad... And how weird is it that Hunter Thompson's suicide note is circulating?

 
At 2:11 PM , Blogger Ted Carter said...

U2 - Perhaps an exception to the rule. They were VERY good in the old days, and then VERY bad following Achtung, Baby. But the last couple of albums have been pretty damn good, IMHO.

 

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