Posted by Tim Harrison
It’s funny, at 114 shows, the question “what exactly is the Full Catastrophe” can still stump the best of us. I know it stumped me. I mused that TFC is the lint at the back of the musical tumble drier. But sometimes, it’s so much more than that. Last night we meandered through the musical sock drawer (that’s Andy’s occasional term for TFC) and found some right doozies. Not least of which was Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by none other than Clint Eastwood. Famed actor of the Western genre and, more recently, acclaimed director, who would’ve known the man can sing? Speaking of his directorial skill, if you haven’t seen Million Dollar Baby, find a box of tissues and someone you can hold onto and watch it. I won’t give the game away, but let’s say Eastwood has the touch and the story is brilliantly played.
On the subject of story, we also noted the loss of film director Ronald Neame this week. I confess, I haven’t seen much of his work, but a quote of his caught my eye “(modern films) try to make up for their lack of good characterisation and storytelling by quick cutting and frenetic use of the camera.” I guess that’s what makes The Full Catastrophe something a little different. We like to pay attention to storytelling in music (we loves a good lyric we does). Of course, sometimes (say around Eurovision), we forgive ourselves our trespasses and throw lyrics to the wind for the sake of a rollicking good chuckle. But, if you too like to smell the musical roses, you will enjoy our weekly wander through the cabbage patch. No roses in a cabbage patch I hear you say? Well, you just ain’t lookin’ hard enough!
Oh, and if you’re wondering where Attention Must Be Paid went last night… well, we were just not… paying attention! Don’t fret, there’s much to be attended to and next week we’ll be at attention once more. But for now, I’m off to MY musical sock drawer… my toes are cold.