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Elvis Costello Comes Alive

Article: Elvis Costello Comes Alive

This week’s guest on SPECTACLE, Rufus Wainwright, is one of the most acclaimed songwriters of his generation. He is equally celebrated, however, for his power as a live performer; as he notes in the episode, he’s been on stage from a very young age, singing with his mother and aunt, the renowned folksingers the McGarrigle…

Elvis Costello and Standards

Article: 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…