Elvis Costello at the Winnipeg Folk Festival

Elvis Costello Winnipeg Folk Festival 2009

Elvis Costello at the 2009 Winnipeg Folk Festival July 8

– text by eugene osudar/photo by Mike Latschislaw

accidents will happen
mystery dance
you belong to me
i don’t want to go to chelsea
man out of time

blame it on cain

i’m in my (s)explosive
dancing glory,

all the kids
checking out
the old guy
dancing away
in the killer
(“that’s the coolest shirt!”)
Kool Kitty
Holy F*ck
tshirt

now, we’re dancing
all of us
on the grooving side

1978
15 years old
Playhouse
my first concert
Elvis Costello and The Attractions
reliving the anger and the power
of those four skinny English guys
ribcage rattling
heart thumping
against my sternum
past glories!

and then comes
a lovely surprise

motel matches

(jeez, if only secondary modern followed
or (Give Me) Temptation!)

if only,

rattle off two hundred
precious
Elvis Costello
jewels

three hundred!
four hundred!

okay, play the entire
Get Happy
album and i’d be,
Elated!
Ecstatic!
Emphatic!

now, wouldn’t that be tremendous,
Elvis Costello,
choosing one of those albums
and touring several months with just
that album. then, another few months
with another album!

album after albummmmmmmm

My Aim Is True
This Year’s Model
Armed Forces
Get Happy!!
Trust
Imperial Bedroom
Punch The Clock
King Of America (big time of helping of the lovely King album last night)
Blood and Chocolate
Spike

these are gems,
the jewels
tools to rattle n roll
rock n roll
dancing souls

oh my, perfection
comes with a price,
too many slow,down,middling
tempo, songs

beautiful songs
(Yes they are)
but the ho/hum
settles in
gathering dust

“there’s gonna be no dancing”

sleep of the just
suit of lights
brilliant mistake
american without tears
radio sweetheart

quite a few songs with The Lovell Sisters

(i’ve missed a few
i wasn’t writing them down
this is
Painted From Memory)

we were told a couple of songs
with The Lovells was in the cards
(they played five, six together!)

just before the noon hour
festival kick/off concert
Old Market Square Park
with Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few

pay it back
watching the detectives
alison
angels wanna wear my red shoes
radio radio
pump it up
and
what’s so funny bout
peace love and understanding

they played nearly 2 hours

i was elated
and then miffed
at yet another
prolonged lull
aahhh
bye
like middle
section
of the show

you know,
if he’d only play,
if only
he’d rage
again
on the stage

we
the audience
would see and feel
the most amazing
concert
ever!

there was a guy
who talked about Bruce Springsteen
as we left
how he and Elvis played
about the same time length
set
2 hours,

well, Bruce and E Streeters played
2 hours twenty
in Vancouver
year and a bit ago

Bruce
doesn’t stop
being Bruce
Re;lentless
mother of all rockers!

he’s 59, going on 25!!!!!
Elvis is cooling it down
at 55,
going on 45!
back in 78

pumping up
the venom

i still love him

i can’t help myself
it’s all Painted From Memory

there’s something so beautiful
hearing
that opening
to

The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes

thank you,
Elvis Costello
Imposters
Lovells
Winnipeg Folk Festival

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About Eugene Osudar

“born, august 16, 1963. i’m 45, and yes, i’m getting too old for this. bring out the rocking chair. my first concert, november 1978, elvis costello and the attractions. i was 15. their blisteringly brilliant 65 minute set only served somebody to affirm my new direction in the musical parallel universes, new wave punk alternative, oh sanctity oh celebration (!Freedom!) college radio! i’m old, i’m used up and i’m free. i see 50something Full sets of music every month and dance most of them. and when i dance, i mean to say, I Dance and Celebrate, 2/3/4 hours a night. The Gaslight Anthem. The Boss. The Weber Brothers. The Wind Ups. i’ll dance with Los Campesinos. i’ll move to The Long Winters. The Replacements. Husker Du. The Pogues. oh elvis costello, oh Clash! i could go/go/go Gogol Bordello forever. L(eonard) Cohen. come, Dance With Me (Old 97s) wherever you may be, sincerely, eugene
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6 responses to “Elvis Costello at the Winnipeg Folk Festival

  1. 8 years ago  

    David Lee Roth said that.

  2. 8 years ago  

    i like elvis cuz i look like him. (i just rock harder.)

  3. 8 years ago  

    The actual quote is “The critics all want to sleep with Elvis Costello because he looks like me but smells better”. Woody Allen said it after filming Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

  4. 8 years ago  

    woody’s direction of star trek the motion picture is, visionary! an exquiste batch of mushrooms.

  5. 8 years ago  

    oh that missing i.

  6. 8 years ago  

    I love Elvis Costello. But I hate it when he takes one of my favorite songs of his, and changes the tempo, and makes the song sound entirely different than the way it was recorded.

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