Beck on songwriting and U2

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Beck on songwriting and U2
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:52:23 AM »
Here's an excerpt from Beck's interview published in The Irish Times, where he talks about supporting U2 and about their song writing (not a negative word to be said) and about where music (at least in the US) could be heading (he talks about the St Louis show being cancelled).

The band are very engaging and welcoming, generous, thoughtful, personable, he says of the experience. It was the most welcoming headliner of any tour Ive been on. Heres an example: usually when you open for someone, they dont let the support act play louder than them. The headliner sets the limit. But with them, there was no limit. That tells you what kind of people they are: they were happy for me to be my best, and whatever they could do to help, they would.

Even through his favourite prism of songcraft, hes a big fan, he adds. Theyre the masters of what they do. As a songwriter you get to look very closely at how brilliantly the songs are constructed. For musicians, its a rarefied place that they inhabit.

With tensions running high in the US, U2s show in St Louis, Missouri was cancelled as protests in the city diverted their security. I think well soon hear more music that reflects where were at, says Beck. It always takes a while for music to come out; Im sure in the next couple of years well be flooded with music about these times.

Would he be adding his voice? I dont know, there are so many moving parts. It would be easy to write about if there was one thing, but its systematic. Ultimately its one of these times of conflict, and its coming from all angles, everywhere. And its not just political in America, its pervading a lot of areas.

But society is a gigantic organism: it goes through periods of transition and periods of stasis. Not to make light of the difficulties, because its painful, but hopefully some of that leads to a better place than where we were. Thats my optimistic side, anyway.

Over to you.
One love, One blood, One life;
You got to do what you should.
One life; With each other
Sisters, Brothers
One life; But we're not the same
We get to carry each other, Carry each other



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Re: Beck on songwriting and U2
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2017, 07:05:25 AM »
Love him dearly, great to hear he's fond of U2 and they looked after him. Really enjoying the new album too.



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Re: Beck on songwriting and U2
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2017, 07:08:32 AM »
Nice article
Hey, hey, sha la la



Re: Beck on songwriting and U2
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2017, 09:11:36 AM »
Beck has always been a class act and his new album is excellent.