ELVIS COSTELLO

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - PERSONALITY -

The singer-song­writer, 59, has a funk-fla­vored al­bum with the Roots, Wise Up Ghost, out now.

What sparked this col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Roots? We’d played to­gether on Late Night With Jimmy Fal­lon and it was a lot of fun. There are things they do that I can’t, and I write e things they can’t. It works well.

You’ve writ­ten hun­dreds of songs. Con­trary to ap­pear­ances, , I’m lazy. But when a song is com­ing, I’m of­ten in a trance­like state. Next thing I know, ow, I have a song. Would you ever r want to be a judge on a mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion tion show? I’ve been asked, but you won’t see ee me as a judge any­time soon. [Those se shows] cre­ate an il­lu­sion that there’s a short route to suc­cess. s. The judges have lucked their ir way into po­si­tions of f power and are mostly self­pro­mot­ing and ob­nox­ious.

How do you and d your wife, singer r Diana Krall, like e to spend time

off? We have a place by the wa­ter and find joy in sim­ple things—like look­ing at the stars—that adults lts for­get to do.

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