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Dear Ray Davies:
How the hell do you write about such a mundane life when you've led such an extraordinary one? I know you're a big rock star who's toured the world and had groupies by the score, but I always feel like you live next door to me.
And how can you keep capturing every emotional mood that I think nobody else has in a handful of words and a guitar line?
Eternally in awe,
You mean like "Lola" or "Celluloid Heroes"?
Ok, perhaps, "Sunny Afternoon".
Heck, from that all the way to his latest album, "Other People's Lives," which I'm listening to today.
It thrums through me. It's like I wrote it for me and then forgot that I created it.
Just when I thought I couldn't like you anymore, you go and write an entry about Ray Davies...
Have you read his autobiography/novel? There's a reason Pete Townshend called him the poet laureate of England.
I met Ray Davies when I was 14, and he made me feel like he and I had been friends for years.
I read it a while back. I still like his music a lot better.
Ray just strikes me as being an everyday guy, and I envy you deeply for having met him.
'Come Dancing' is an entire novel in three minutes and fifty-seven seconds. Davies evokes time, place, character, even musical style in one pop song that also manages to be both beautiful and catchy. It has a warm nostalgic narrative arc — to say nothing of the brilliance of the startling hard-rock guitar barging in after 'Part of my chlildhood died, just died' — and completes its loop gorgeously:
My sister’s married and she lives on an estate.
Her daughters go out, now it’s her turn to wait.
She knows they get away with things she never could,
But if I asked her I wonder if she would
Come on sister, have yourself a ball
If pop songs can be masterpieces — and why not? — 'Come Dancing' eminently qualifies. I'm done now.
Here here. And I was just advocating "Celluloid Heroes": a song I want to write an essay about.
'Celluloid Heroes' is also magnificent, and I would've talked that up too (and about ten others) had I not gone on a bit re: 'Come Dancing.'
'Come Dancing' is one of my favorites ever ever ever. Highly underrated.
Davies is brillian. "Celluloid Heroes" is genius.
I must get his solo album. I went through a Kinks renaissance last summer. It was wonderful.
It's good. It sounds exactly like the Kinks, which is pretty much what you'd expect.
I love him, he's wonderful. And he shares a lot of history with Chrissie Hynde. She sings things that describe how I feel...
|Date:||April 4th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)|| |
It's true, Ray is the shit.
And X-ray is a weird, but quite tasty book.
|Date:||April 4th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)|| |
According to his interview on NPR today, he does it by hanging out in train stations and watching people.
Works for me.
That sounds like what he'd do.
He is amazing. Soren was playing one of the albums (I have not tracked on all the information, but it had "Shangri-La" on it), this weekend, and that entire album is amazing.
Shangri-La is a brilliant song. But the amazing thing is that it's just one of many.
|Date:||April 4th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)|| |
I was thinking about Ray Davies yesterday too.
Actually, though, I was thinking more along the lines of simplicity in the midst of complexity... and remembering The Kinks...