|I generally like Sting, and his work. Yeah, he gets a little precious sometimes, but he can- he's a smoking rich music idol. Ever see his house? His little Thoreau-like writing shack? His %$^% Sting-Copter? Sheesh. I enjoy that he is a man who takes his craft seriously on all levels, including being acquainted with a broad range of literature. Of his early solo efforts, I liked his first album the best, by far. I've seen him a couple of times. That first band was outstanding; it was great that he brought in jazz musicians. Branford Marsalis owes him his eye teeth.|
But, it will always be the Police for me, in all that. They fought like cats and dogs, fought like brothers- fist fought. The music was unbelievable, especially for a trio. No one paints like Copeland or Summers. I was at the premiere of Copeland's opera, which I thought was a real dog, albeit sporting some interesting comnpositional ideas. Copeland's film and TV scores are something to be reckoned with (like the one he did for the film Rumblefish).
One of my all time favorite Sting pieces is on the soundtrack for the film "Brimstone & Treacle," in which he also appeared, a song called "I Burn For You".
Sting- the man who can play in one time signature, sing in a second, while dancing in a third...