Not exactly, but the singer/songwriter once used that simile to say what a pointless exercise writing about music was. Apparently, however, that doesn’t apply to talking about music, as he is about to demonstrate in a new show for Sundance channel:
ELVIS COSTELLO AND ELTON JOHN TO MAKE A TELEVISION “SPECTACLE”
(London/New York/Toronto – April 2, 2008) – Two of the most respected musicians in the world will collaborate on an extraordinary new television series.
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… will be hosted by its namesake and produced in conjunction with Sir Elton John’s Rocket Pictures. Elton John will be one of the program’s Executive Producers
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… promises to be an unpredictable and unprecedented television experience. The series of 13 one-hour programs will feature everything from intimate one-on-ones with legendary performers and notable newcomers to thematic panel discussions, with a variety of performance elements including unique collaborations, acoustic and impromptu “illustrative” demonstrations of the creative process, and some original interpretations of others’ songs by Costello.
Costello’s quote notwithstanding, this is one interview show I’ll look forward to when it airs. Besides being a music legend, Costello (nee MacManus, nee Napoleon Dynamite) has been, as Sundance notes, a guest host of Late Show with David Letterman.
And, hey—”unique collaborations, acoustic and impromptu ‘illustrative’ demonstrations of the creative process”? Maybe he will dance about architecture.