I have been a fan of Elvis Costello for a very long time, ever since I heard one of his albums, probably Armed Forces, while visiting my sisters Karlcita! and Jenny in Southern California way back in the late 1970s. He now has a show on Sundance Channel called Spectacle, where he interviews people about music and plays music with them. Among his guests in the first season are Sir Elton John (also the producer), Tony Bennett, Bill Clinton, Lou Reed, The Police and Norah Jones. I'm not paying for premium cable right now, so I haven't seen it, but it definitely sounds interesting.
Elvis has written about a jillion songs, and I have heard at least three quarters of a jillion of them, and I've noticed a recurring theme in his lyrics.
Giant women and/or tiny men.
Gosh, why would you notice that, Matty Boy?
Hypothetical question asker, don't be a scamp.
So I talked to my collage artist blog buddies Undersquid and Trinket999, presented them the lyrics and asked them to come up with collages, either work they had previously done or seen, that would fit the lyrics. In two cases, each of my talented artistic pals actually created a new collage for this project, completely out of the goodness of their hearts, just because I asked them to do stuff and didn't pay them.
I mean, how cool is that?
So here are some lyrics of Elvis Costello, matched with collages created by some of the most talented and generous of My People.
He's coming home now and here's the surprise,
You wouldn't believe the lies that he tries,
She cuts him down to his favorite size,
She pads, paws, pads, paws and claws.
Song: Pad, Paws and Claws
Collage artist: TheShrinkee, whose work was introduced to me by Undersquid.
Georgie grew to hate her name, it sounded like a tiny man,
The one she had told I can't see you, but I'll call you whenever I can.
Song: Georgie and Her Rival
Collage artist: Undersquid
He's trapped in his own parallel dimension,
That's why I'm so forgiving,
But how can I possibly forget to mention those fifty foot women
Who put the fascination back into my science fiction twin?
Song: My Science Fiction Twin
Collage artist: Trinket999 (original work first published here)
I thought I would go to the sea and shrink down very tiny,
And slide into the telephone wire that runs under the briny.
Song: Crawling to the U.S.A.
Collage artist: Undersquid (original work first published here)
So there is some artwork exploring the possible gigantic interests of Declan Patrick McManus, known to the world as Elvis Costello, consummate songwriter and who knows, maybe one of My People, spreading the word of Our Agenda.