Elvis Costello (new autobiography)

I have been reading the new autobiography by Declan MacManus or, as he is better known, Elvis Costello. It is called “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink”.

It is well written but that is hardly surprising given his skill with words as exhibited in many of his songs.

I am not a fan of all of his stuff. His voice can at times seem a tad hectoring and sometimes he gets a bit too wordy for me but there is no denying that at his best he is among the best songwriters of my generation. And there is no denying that he continually grows as an artist.

I especially like his album “Imperial Bedroom” and the fine collaboration he did with Burt Bacharach called “Painted by Memory”.

Arthur Honegger (1892-1955)

When I was in my early twenties I found a book in the library called “I Am a Composer”. It was an English translation of Arthur Honegger’s 1954 book, written in French. This book got me interested in Honegger because of his very original ideas and concepts.

I recently ordered this book and I am now reading it again and, of course, listening to his engaging music as well.

He was a member of the so-called Les Six.

I especially like his Pastorale D’ete. Though I like most everything he has written.

Honegger was of Swiss parentage though he was born in France and lived his entire life in Paris.

His image is on the 20 Franc Swiss note.