This is an informal, one-hour concert in an intimate small venue with great sound and no special effects to distract from the music of this amazing songwriter-musician.
- Sailing to Philadeplphia
- Sultans of Swing
- Romeo and Juliet
- Get Lucky
- Why Worry
- Money for Nothing ... (partial)
- Sonny Liston
- If This is Goodbye
- Brothers in Arms
If you're not familiar with Mark Knopfler, his band Dire Straits burst on the US scene with the 1985 music video of their song, Money for Nothing, and "I want my MTV" became part of the language. The album, Brothers in Arms, also had the title song and Why Worry which were in this concert.
Mark Knopfler is one of my own favorite musicians, and his talent and range are amazing. As a songwriter, he takes ideas from history, and from the people he hears and reads about. Money for Nothing was inspired by some stockmen he overheard in an appliance store, and in the concert, he explains about writing the song about Sonny Liston, and the inspiration for If This is Goodbye from the phone calls made on 9-11.
But his song ideas range widely. His song Done with Bonaparte is from the point of view of a soldier in Napolean's army, trudging home in defeat from Moscow. This next song (video right), Boom Like That, is about Ray Kroc and the founding of the McDonalds hamburger chain.
Knopfler also has recorded and performed with many musicians in several genres, including Eric Clapton and Sting, Bob Dylan, The Chieftains, and James Taylor. He recorded a duet album, Neck and Neck, with Chet Atkins in the 1990s, and in 2006, released All the Roadrunning and a live verion, Real Live Roadrunning, with Emmylou Harris. He has produced albums for Randy Newman and Tina Turner. A composer of wide talents, he also composed and produced the soundtracks for a number of movies including Wag the Dog and The Princess Bride.
If you like Mark Knopfler and would like to hear more, let me know and I'll put more in the mix.