Rufus At The Circus

Dr Sharl and I went to see Rufus Wainwright last night at the Cirque Royal in Brussels.

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Nuff said? :)

Seriously though, here’s one talented singer/songwriter if ever I heard one. To switch effortlessly from rock to folk to campy Judy Garland to nigh operatic arrangements — and to somehow keep it all together: that is not a small achievement. Yet Rufus pulls it off, with brilliance and exuberance.

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… and a dash of subversive humor. I’m sure Wainwright would’ve brought a big fat approving grin on Zappa’s face — and rightly so.

Now where did I leave my earrings…

18 Responses to “Rufus At The Circus”

  1. bernard says:

    FZ would have said: RW3 still has to unlearn quite a lot.

  2. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    Like what. Cross-dressing? Quit babbling out of your butt bernard, at least around these parts. It tends to be painful, mainly for the rest of us.
    Oh and for your information: there was a Loudon I, a Loudon II and therefor a Loudon III. Now, see, this Loudon Wainwright III person happens to be the father of Rufus, which implies that Rufus be Rufus I, not Rufus III.
    I know: so confusing!
    Pedants these days. Pfeh.

  3. Duncan says:

    Did he regurgitate his Dad‘s stuff or has he managed to create his own thing?

  4. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    Well actually you’re talking about Martha Wainwright there (that’s Martha III in bernard speak). As for Rufus vs Loudon III: the influence does tend to crop up, mainly in the folk realm. We’re talking guitar technique and chord changes here. Regurgitation though? Not a chance. Rufus has covered one song from his dad (“One Man Guy”) and written one song about their relationship (“Dinner At Eight”). The likeness stops right there. Beyond that, they live on different planets, musically.

  5. some girls are bigger than others says:

    i prefer simian mobile disco , and thai chicks

  6. Duncan says:

    I was talking about Dweezil ;-)

  7. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    And to think I thought you were talking about thai chicks. Boy, this internet sure is a fickle thing.

  8. Birdman! says:

    Is bernard Gail?
    Thai chick disco music sounds hot.

  9. urbangraffito says:

    Glad you enjoyed the show Barry. Rufus comes from a long line of great Canadian musicians (for some reason Canada breeds them like rabbits). Must be the extremely long winters. Nothing else to do but have sex, make children, and make music….

  10. Dr Sharleena says:

    A quote from Dr Sharleena:

    Is bernard Gail?

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that…!

  11. bernard says:

    ” Music is a world within itself”- Stevie Wonder. And good musicians are each on their own a world within themselfs. In most of the cases they dislike other musicians, do not listen to the other’s music as they’re developping their own music. The bigger ones mention without hesitation the names of the musicians they like, respect, etc.
    The same goes for listening. It’s about personal taste. Very individual. I’ll take my own case. Do I listen to LW3? Yes, every now & then. Did I know about LW1&2&3, yes for sure. Do I like it? Yes & no. LW3 is about a better kind of ” songs”, however I do not really like “songs”( amongst others too much focused on creating emotions). OK? that’s male talk. It looks logical. That’s just one part of life.
    An interesting exercise in Zappology might be to discover which other music his fans are actually listening to. Might prove to be a very broad field. And that’s very good as it distroys walls between genres.

  12. jane23 says:

    other music?
    other than zappa???
    oh yes, i remember
    Eliot Carter’s Double concerto for harpsichord and piano is amazing.
    music from the ituri rain forest otherwise known as pygmy music, they do a lot of yodeling.
    different types of ethnic music is always interesting
    where i live the local radio station features american indian music which involves groups of people chanting and drumming
    music is the best

  13. bernard says:

    Jane 23,
    Thanks. This happens to be a honest exercise, mind broadening.
    As for Elliot Carter ( still alive, now almost… 98 years old): I keep listening time & again to quite a lot of his scores, mostly String Quartets 1-4 ( Arditti Quartet). Carter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Carter
    I really didn’t know the Double concerto for harpsichord and piano ( 1959 – 1961). I’ll visit the Mediathèque, http://www.lamediatheque.be/ in Brussels/ Be next week. No doubt they have it.
    US Indian music? Frankly speaking the only thing I know about that is the Don Pullen / Georges Adams Quartet last record.
    I’ll explore it further.
    By the way local ( independent ) radio stations might develop into innovative & genuine musical value . Their programming is very comprehensive.
    See for instance (just to mention one local initiative in East England) : the broad minded http://www.futureradio.co.uk/schedule-day6.html . It’s Bob Singleton from the classical music blog http://theovergrownpath.blogspot.com/.

  14. Geert S. Simonis says:

    I don’t care of rufus has an enormous extended family
    he may be an orphan for all I care
    but he did play a pretty good show at the circus

  15. jane23 says:

    actually, Eliot Carter will be 100 in 2008 and was still actively composing into his 90′s.
    The version I heard of the double concerto for harpsichord and piano featured paul jacobs on harpsichord and it sounded so fantastic that i literally stood there motionless while I was listening.

  16. Jamez says:

    Rufus’ music is O.K. but not brilliant like Zappa’s. Bottom Line.

  17. Sterbus says:

    I like Rufus Wainwright. He write good songs that are well-played and well-arranged (by himself) he has class, he has the voice.
    He’s good.

  18. bernard says:

    Sorry ’bout causing mental trouble, folks.
    Just invite me to stop contributing, I’ll do it.
    FZ was an American composer. However as for his inspiration on the side of ” classical ” music was concerned , he relied on Stravinsky, Varese &Webern. Just have a look at the VPRO documentary, provided recently on thKUR by giantalbinopenguin . Nothing but European composers.
    US educational system at highschool level? Doesn’t seem to be optimal.
    Did he ever hear about the great US composers? Charles Ives? No. Ellliot Carter? I don’t think so. About – much closer to his musical concepts – Conlon Nancarrow? No. Or about Aaron Copland, great instructive site is http://www.keepingscore.org/flash/copland/index.html