Thursday, July 28, 2011

"There's a word in Spanish/Italian and German/In sign language, morse code/Semaphore and gibberish..."

The Song: "Pidgin English," Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Words & music by Elvis Costello. Track 13 of Imperial Bedroom, 1982.
When/how acquired: Purchased cassette, c. 1983; purchased CD, c. 1994.
Listen/watch here.

Writing a lot this week for various clients, and one of the challenges is switching voices from one to another. An author's newsletter is not written in the same language as a marketing pitch, or a commercial website, or a press release, or Congressional testimony – although of course they're all in English. Switching back and forth, I occasionally come up blank when I reach for a word, and it's hardest of all to find my own voice again at the end of the day.

Tonight I have tickets to see Elvis Costello at the State Theatre, though it feels like playing hooky to take an evening off. I've seen him before, but it's been years. This time he's got the roulette wheel that lets audiences choose the playlist. I'm hoping to hear a lot from this album, which would rank near the top of my Desert Island Discs.

The words Elvis Costello is trying to come up with, in this song, are "P.S., I love you," which I don't say enough. We're three days away from the end of this blog incarnation, so go ahead and take that to heart -- thanks for hanging in there with me this year, and sorry I haven't been as conscientious as in previous years. When I'm AWOL, you can always check out blogs belonging to my cousins Moira and Sheila (who celebrates a birthday today).

3 comments:

Sue Lin said...

Love Elvis Costello and must try to see him in person at some point. Did you ever see him, K.D. Laing, many others in the late 1990s "Red Hot and Blue" video hosted by Richard Gere to raise awareness for AIDS. Amazing production, all signing covers of Cole Porter songs.

Sheila Cameron said...

Thanks for the shout out. I gotta make sure I'm not AWOL on the same day!

AnswerGirl said...

Sue Lin, I own that album (on cassette), but have never seen the video. Great music.

Sheila, I take the whole month of August off. No pressure. . .