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Tim Minchin

10 Oct

It’s not very often that my ear worm chooses a whole artist but recently while lazing in bed or pootling on the iPad I suddenly get the urge to sing “……fuck I love boobs though…..”, maybe it’s just as well I am not out and about in public!

Tim Minchin describes himself as a musician, but this underplays his artistry, his creative skills and his often dark humour. How he analyses the things that make you think, how he dissects and interprets thoughts, ideas, philosophies and puts them into a song that hooks you in linguistically, musically, emotionally and mentally. But what is it about his creations that seem to appeal to me.

Maybe it is his acrobatic linguistics and agility, in songs like Prejudice or his piano whimsy of Rock & Roll Nerd, maybe it is the poignancy of I’ll Take Lonely Tonight or the deep thought of Not Perfect, perhaps it’s the pure risqué amusement of Inflatable You or the musicians amusement of F Sharp, he performs a couple of beat poems which take you on a journey so adroitly, especially Storm. It could be the absurdity that he sees meets with me.

Now I should add a warning here, he uses language some don’t care for and he has opinions that some would not agree with, especially on the controversial topics like religion, creationism. It is not a mocking attitude, more of an “I’ve read and listened but still don’t understand how people wholeheartedly believe ‘this'”.

I enjoy watching his live performances as his expressions and timings add another layer of language, there are few piano players that almost mesmerise me, Jools Holland is another, Tim seems to throw his hands (and sometimes feet) at the keys and they always hit the right notes, the right way at the right time, he cannot sit still as he plays (unless it’s a serious song). He tends to perform barefoot, a throwback to early experimental days where going barefoot helped him feel confident and quelled the stage nerves.

It took me a while to decide which song to link here, I make no apology if you find yourself merrily, absentmindedly singing “…..fuck I like boobs though….”

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2020 in Music, people, Review

 

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6 responses to “Tim Minchin

  1. deacongill

    October 11, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    It’s good to have music which lifts your spirits. I’m not very musical and hardly ever listen to music – apart from Hub, practising on the piano!

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  2. menhir1

    October 11, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    i have never heard of TM. As Gilly says, it is good to have music which give us that uplift, especially, if it is a piece that we ourselves choose because we know what it will do for us.

    A Musical friend offered to digitally send me pieces of music she plays, during the lockdown. I diplomatically declined her thoughtful offer. I have been finding it hard enough on the ears trying to listen to radio and TV broadcasting through variable quality tin cans and still am! I much prefer a pre-covid recording or my own stuff.

    xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      October 11, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      I have found my patience and tolerance of music, tv and film dwindling, I’m not sure whether that is because of my reduced movement situation or CoVid restrictions, there’s bound to be a psychological reason. I’m not a fan of silence, I find it heavy.

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  3. snowbird

    October 12, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve never heard of him. This did have me smiling. I must check him out.xxx

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  4. snowbird

    October 12, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Loved confessions!xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      October 12, 2020 at 4:27 pm

      If you find yourself absentmindedly blurting out the hook – I take no responsibility, lol, you were warned.

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