Sparks : Self-Effacing [A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip – 2020] [reblog]

from Oannes

a brilliant new album by Sparks

🎧 click on the image to see original post and listen…

Οι άνθρωποι που αντιμετωπίζουν κάθε δραστηριότητα, της καλλιτεχνικής μη εξαιρουμένης, σαν αθλητικό γεγονός, με όρους ρεκόρ και επιδόσεων, εντυπωσιάζονται από το γεγονός ότι οι Sparks, μουσικοί στην όγδοη δεκαετία της ζωής τους [= εβδομηντάρηδες] καταφέρνουν να κυκλοφορούν ένα δίσκο “τόσο δροσερό και ανεβαστικό”.
Οι υπόλοιποι, απλώς ακούμε και ευχαριστιόμαστε.

People who treat every activity, artistic not excluded, as a sporting event, in terms of record and performance, are impressed by the fact that Sparks, musicians in their eighth decade of their life [= in their seventies] manage to release a record “so cool and uplifting”.
The rest of us, we just listen and enjoy.

❝ I’m not the guy who says “I’m the guy”
Always been self-effacing
I’m in the room, you won’t see me soon
Always been self-effacing
Compliments come but my rule of thumb is
Under duress say all my success is
All due to them, on them I depend
And I’m self-effacing, and I’m self-effacing
My resume is dull and it’s gray
Always been self-effacing
Want to be known as someone unknown
Always been self-effacing
Why can’t I pose, wear flashier clothes
Inflate who I am, a little flim flam
Referring to me, I’m third person me
And I’m self-effacing, and I’m self-effacing
Thank you, but I don’t merit your praise
Thank you, but I don’t merit your gaze
Thank you, but I’m not up to the task
Thank you, but I don’t know why you’ve asked
And I’m self-effacing, and I’m self-effacing
Close to the vest is what I do best
They’ll attest, self-effacing
My DNA just won’t go away
I remain self-effacing
I don’t deserve first, second, or third
A great deal less, I have to confess
My trophy room’s bare, but why should I care
And I’m self-effacing, and I’m self-effacing
Thank you, but I had help to prepare
Thank you, but I was told what to wear
Thank you, but Autotune has been used
Used and perhaps a trifle abused
And I’m self-effacing, and I’m self-effacing
Why can’t I preen, be part of the scene
Berate those around and act like the clown
Guest DJ a bit, sardonic in wit
‘Cause I’m self-effacingSelf-effacing
It’s not a choice, I’m less a Rolls Royce
And more minivan, you do understand
We’re tight, me and you, see things as we do
We’re both self-effacing, and I’m self-effacing ❞



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