Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Schlock It Up and Throw Away the Key
I stumbled across Celine Dion doing "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" on the radio this afternoon, and whaddaya know, it didn't sound half bad. Jim Steinman knows that if you're going to make something bombastic, then by gum, you might as well go all the way, knock down the walls of the castle, throw them in the moat, and set them on fire, and thus does this kind of thing way better than somebody like the egregious milquetoast Peter Cetera. Plus he's got a decent way with a melody. Steinman also was responsible for Air Supply's brightest moment, "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" (the boy does love the long song titles, doesn't he?), such as it is. Celine still sounds like she's sounding out the syllables phonetically, but no one can deny she's got a set of lungs on her.
Anyway, I mention all of that so that I can retell one of my favorite jokes: Celine Dion walks into a bar. The bartender asks, "Why the long face?"