Stephen Colbert’s Most Meaningful Musical Moments

From NPR:

Stephen Colbert loves music and loves to sing. That’s why Fresh Air’s Terry Gross asked him to bring a few songs that mean a lot to him and tell her why. For example, as a kid, Colbert discovered his first lesson about character acting through “King Herod’s Song” from Jesus Christ Superstar, even though he thought the words were scandalous at first: “Oh, so you are the Christ? You’re the great Jesus Christ. Prove to me that you’re no fool. Walk across my swimming pool.”

On the parallel between Elvis Costello’s relationship with Bruce Springsteen and Colbert’s relationship with Jon Stewart

“[Elvis Costello] was trying when he was younger to try to write Bruce Springsteen songs — and that he really liked Bruce Springsteen’s sound. And he said, but then he eventually stopped doing that because he would try to write these songs like Bruce Springsteen and he would end up writing things that were a little bit wry, sardonic or even character-based. And they didn’t have that sort of sincere, anthemic quality that Bruce’s songs sometimes have. And that kind of blew me away, because he’s describing his relation to Bruce Springsteen kind of like my relationship to Jon Stewart. And Jon’s favorite artist is Bruce Springsteen, and my favorite rock artist is probably Elvis Costello. So there’s an odd parallel between Elvis’ evolution from what he was trying to do like Bruce and my evolution from what I was trying to do when I worked with Jon.”

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