Rocktober Alphabet: C is for CostelloPosted: October 3, 2011
Where to begin?
One of the most incorrigibly prolific musicians of … ever, Costello’s produced (by my count) 22 studio and four live albums, numerous significant album collaborations with major artists, a library of single song collaborations, a classical ballet score for orchestra recorded with the London Philharmonic, two film scores, and more. The man is a musical polymath.
His compilations and “greatest hits” collections dwarf the entire catalogs of most rock musicians.
Costello’s ability to write, to perform, to think both radically and traditionally is legendary, but most impressive is his pounding drive to make, to create, to always be developing his craft and pushing his boundaries.
He embodies the eclectic individuality that rock and roll is at its finest; the attitude of punk, the roots of blues and folk, the intricacy, harmony and evocation of the classical tradition. He’s getting older, but he will never be “last year’s model.”
Listen today to “This Year’s Model” on Grooveshark.
Pump it up.