Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On a Zen-flavored Perspective: Sutton's take on this Barnum and Bailey world

Question: I am much intrigued by the "Desire" liner notes; they generated a couple of questions in my mind. First, when it comes to interpreting lyrics, how much "spiritual" depth can and/or should be read into them. For example, in “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” are the lines "It's a Barnum and Bailey world/Just as phony as it can be/But it wouldn't be make-believe/If you believed in me" a nearly Zen-flavored perspective on human life or are they just a well-turned love lyric?
Sutton: The beauty of a masterpiece like the song "Paper Moon" is that it is a masterpiece because it is both "a well-turned love lyric" and ALSO can be seen as something much, much deeper. I think all great art has more than one layer, more than one interpretation. The great lyricists seem to channel deeper things within the mundane.


Baha'i Tierney Sutton is performing her sets in Oakland, and, as usual, is letting her listeners in on the spiritual undertones in her music. -gw

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