Wednesday, July 14, 2010
At the outset of "Fine Line," the superb opening track on Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Paul sings, "There is a fine line/Between recklessness and courage." Then, to start the second verse, he sings, "There is a long way/Between chaos and creation." Here's my thought: How cool would it have been had he sort of merged the two parts and, at some point, sang, "There is a fine line/Between chaos and creation." Is that not artful and even a bit profound? It could refer to, maybe, the process of revolution or the "creative destruction" inherent to capitalism. Contrast-driven juxtapositions that are turned on their head and used to point out subtle similarities can make for exceptional art.