Chris de Burgh’s Spanish Train and Other Stories (1975) is not really about Spain at all. Or trains. But by God it’s a cracking read.
Faithful readers will already be aware of the fact that the first part of my analysis of Chris de Burgh’s poetic oeuvre hit a few nerves, or at least pushed the pause button on at least two portable CD players, with JDG and Tom weighing into the debate by dropping some pertinent comments about CDB’s career stages and the true gravity of ‘The Lady In Red’, respectively.
While, as ever, there’s never enough time to explore these issues deeply, can I just say that I’ll be happy to hear from anyone who has time for Chris, as JDG and Tom obviously do, and that while we may differ in our opinions about what may be his best song or album, what inevitably brings us closer together is our admiration for his songwriting abilities, not to mention the fact that Chris has now been made a goodwill ambassador for the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition (PDF).
Yes, folks, just in case you didn’t hear it the first time, it’s all about respect.Continue reading →