On my fourteenth or fifteenth birthday my father bought me a copy of REM's Tourfilm. I remember watching Michael Stipe perform poetry in between songs and I fell for it immediately. He has this knack of capturing a sentiment in a sentence and then weaving enough mystery into it to leave you wanting. We watched the concert film in the backgroung during the birthday party. I was enthralled. There was drama about it. And it made me start to really think about the lyrics of songs.
My favourite line of poetry from the film was:
Pacific Coasts: The closer I get, the further away I feel.
It seems to me like the speaker is celebrating what could be at the same time as grieving what has gone. I really like that idea.
|Craig Ireson - Poet, striker, friend|
|The Violent Femmes|