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Elvis Costello and Standards

Elvis Costello and Standards

What is a “standard?” The dictionary on my desk, as its fifth definition for the word, says that it is “a piece of music that has remained popular for many years.” Which is actually a pretty good, non-partisan description from an old dictionary, since the word is almost always applied to a specific body of…

Elvis Costello and The Pop Tradition

Elvis Costello and The Pop Tradition

Elton John – Elvis Costello’s guest for the premiere episode of SPECTACLE (as well as one of the show’s executive producers) – is a towering example of contemporary pop songcraft. In a career spanning four decades, he has gone from creating such indelible melodies as “Your Song” and “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” to composing…