Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

June 17, 2008

Today's Moment of Beauty

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 1:16 pm

it’s a song called “True Love Will Never Fade” that opens Mark Knopfler’s (You know, ex-Dire Straits) new album called Kill to Get Crimson (don’t ask me why).

It’s a simple sly heartbreaking thing, that I’ve been playing on CD-repeat for hours. (Here are my thoughts on binge listening.

“True Love Never Fades”: On the surface a story about a tatoo artist who falls for a girl who I think wants him to ink “True Love Will Never” on her along with a picture of them. (Or maybe it’s just about the way a tatoo is a way of tryng to stave off fading through it’s sharp etched permanence. It opens with the tatoo artist wondering whether there’s an afterlife–“I don’t know if there’s a forever”–or everything, implicitly, fades away.)

Aside from conjuring up (as every fade away reference must) Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” (and the Stones cover), it makes you think. If love has been true than even if it comes to an end, the truth of it when it was there will won’t fade away. It exists for all time, just as it was. Love is love, not fade away.

But all of this is beside the point. It’s just an amazingly, ravishingly beautiful song and made me realize how many amazing songs Knopler has written.

I mean I’ve been a life long sucker for “Roller Girl” (She’s Makin’ Movies). Anyone have any other Knofpler or Dire Strait faves?



  1. “On Every Street” — achingly beautiful

    Comment by karl wiberg — June 17, 2008 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  2. “All My Raodrunning” (with Emmylou Harris) & his homage to Pynchon “Sailing to Philadelphia” (with James Taylor)

    Something new happens with his voice when mixed with others.

    Comment by Lohmann — June 18, 2008 @ 7:09 am | Reply

  3. Making Movies is an exquisite album. His guitar work on Slow Train Coming is wonderful too.

    Comment by Ace — June 18, 2008 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  4. Romeo and Juliet (Sultans of Swing) absolutely everything about it…. I could “binge-listen” to this for days, in fact I used to and maybe I will again! thanks for this post……..good to be thinking abt love ………

    Comment by KNixon — June 18, 2008 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  5. He and Chet Atkins made an album many years ago that is fantastic. You can tell that Chet was one of Mark’s favorite people and artists. They really made a great album. I highly recommend it…titled “Neck and Neck”.

    Comment by Pooleman — June 19, 2008 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  6. Other than “Les Boys” I could listen to every song on “Making Movies” countless times. That said, my favorite DS song is “Lady Writer”; I’m not sure I can completely decipher and interpret all the lyrics but that guitar is breathless for three and half minutes!

    PS: Did you ever make your way to way to “Back in Your Arms Again”?

    PPS: Curse your “Domby” essay in SPOF; I just finished Copperfield and now I’m starting up with “Bleak House.” I’m floored….

    Comment by Boaz Roth — June 19, 2008 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  7. Brothers in Arms I can listen to over and over. It’s haunting.

    I also like Our Shangrila, On Every Street, Romeo and Juliet, Six Blade Knife, Fade to Black, Planet of New Orleans

    Comment by Maggie45 — June 22, 2008 @ 3:37 am | Reply

  8. Binge Bungee: Jerry Garcia once gave John Cage a complete set of Grateful Dead LPs. A few weeks later, Garcia asked Cage, “How did you like the LPs?” Cage replied, “I listened to each one once and then smashed it to bits!!”

    Comment by charlie finch — June 23, 2008 @ 4:42 am | Reply

  9. Charlie — I highly doubt that story is correct. Doesn’t sound like something either Garcia or Cage would do. Cage was a serious 20th century composer, not some whacko conceptual artist. And Garcia never would have given Cage all the Dead albums, since he knew quite a few of them stunk.

    Comment by Markus — June 25, 2008 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  10. I second Brothers In Arms. Wonderful, sad song.

    Comment by vincent — July 19, 2008 @ 10:44 am | Reply

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