In the Guardian‘s “Ten Rules for Writing Fiction” feature a few weeks ago, Michael Moorcock advised young writers to imitate their idols. Northern Portrait likes the Smiths. The musicians make no secret of it, even throwing a little of Morrissey’s glum wit into the lyrics, a romantic sweetness in one line finding itself undercut in the next, a car running over a Valentine’s Day card. “Listen to the sea as it kisses the shore / Like so many times before.” Smartly they don’t push it too far. None of them are Marr, but a borderline jangle is easier to forgive than a borderline lyric. In other places the Danes are merely British, describing an ex-friend in one song as, “not exactly overwhelming”.
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"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article