5 of the most amazing Mark Knopfler 's Performance
Even though his work with Dire Straits was his famous moments, it is in 2013 that Mark started playing as a solo artist for 18 years before he joined in a band. Now in that milestone’s honour and his latest album known as ‘Privateering’, it is only wise to celebrate his solo career via having a fond glance at some of people’s favourites.
To be honest, his work is very rich and there is not sufficient room to suffice all his work, nevertheless here is an apt compilation of his just but a few songs in a descending order:
5. Let It All Go
Everyone from you to me has critics, aren’t I right? Similarly, despite any successful artist’s high self-esteem, there is this forever existential gap between how he perceives his work and how it is viewed by the recipient audience. True enough, like the global weary painter of ‘Let It Go,’ most of the artists find themselves between fans who deem them heavily infallible and critics who think they need to wet up. Nevertheless, the truth is positioned at the centre with an artist recognising that his sole choice is but to adhere by his muse and Let It All Go.
4. Song for Sonny Liston
What Mark’s solo records should lack in his guitar pyrotechnics; trust me he makes it up in his umpteenth evolutionary skills of storytelling. 'Shangri-La,' which is his 2004 record is packed to the brim with stories from ‘Like That’ to’ Boom’ to ‘Song for Sonny Liston’ and more so the latter which is very captivating that tells a tale of a boxer’s life which was titular and of death with an impassionate eye. Accompanied with a lead guitar which is somewhat crunchy and loping beats, he portrays solo sadder lyrics of discography harmonised with deceptive foot-tapping arrangements.
3. Done with Bonaparte
Without getting didactic, it is very hard to pen a song about anti-war like Sting tried to. But miraculously, Mark’s 'Done with Bonaparte' pulled it off in a manner of master class as he underscored battle futility. He perfectly draws into people’s mind of the weary bitter disgust of Napoleon’s army soldier as he concludes it in a sigh of disillusionment that, "I'll trust in thee to keep me, Lord / I'm done with Bonaparte."
2. Sailing to Philadelphia
'Sailing to Philadelphia' has its inspiration from Mason &Dixon by Thomas Pynchon that uses surveyors’ Jeremiah Dixon and Charles Mason real-life achievements to frame a story of 773 pages. Perhaps it is not any pop song material but either way it works when Mark plays Dixon unto Mason.
1. The Ragpicker's Dream
And now the best from the best, The Ragpicker’s Dream is a perfect poignant instance of his beautiful solo works at its scaled-down best. This is after a defence mechanism of disbanding Strait against the taken on size of the band’s career. This song has no definite definition. It is left for the audience to interpret it as how they perceive it. I am personally confused is it about two street urchins whose lives meet with unfortunate ends, or a pleasant nostalgic ode of getting satiated wherever you’ll find it? Should he have been Dire Straits’ member at that time when he wrote this song, then he might have made a video to clearly answer queries. Nonetheless, Knopfler trusts fans to obtain their own meaning and just like that his work is a puzzle for fans to solve it in anyhow they like! You can learn his guitar skills via YouTube here is the link.
I don’t know about you but for my love of playing the guitar, if Mark Knopfler was in my hood I would burg him to teach me his skills that still leaves his fans awing, wowing and gasping. Anyway, I would really like to hear you play and compare it to Knopfler’s expertise. Needless to say, Knopfler’s work is wide and rich, therefore should you want to hear him play, his songs have sufficed all over YouTube.