Rufus Wainwright

Discovered Rufus prior to truly getting to know the songs of his mother (Kate McGarrigle), sisters (Martha and Lucy), and father (Loudon Wainwright III). Like so many, I came to Rufus via his early cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and his first release in 1989 including the incredible releases, “in My Arms”, “Millbrook” “Beauty Mark” and “Barcelona”. From the start, recognized the operatic range, English Major rich pop song content, and passionate delivery.

 

“Millbrook”

The boys and girls of Millbrook are on a train from new york
Wearing new hats
Shooting the shit
Deep in the heart of duchess county bounty
And all the evening breakdowns will soon be washed from their hands
The next very day
As they make way
Eating the apple to the chapel holy
Don’t even try
They’ll get away with murder
Sure as the rain washes away
And brings thunder
Oh tell me can you see it?
The gentle tower rising
Over the pines, out of a book
Zion mistaken for the state of Millbrook

 

In My Arms stands out from this period (included below).  In My Arms is a great song by any metric.

Now we have Rufus Wainwright’s 2020 release, “Unfollow the Rules” thanks, once again to New Yorker Magazine, Goings on about town coverage.  Remember that Rufus put in considerable effort honing his talent and following in Manhattan.  The New York period was creatively rich from opera and recreation of Judy Garland’s famed Carnegie Hall concert from 1974.

 

What to say about this new release, Unfollow the Rules?   This is not a review as we have only listened to one track.   This article is about how we got here. This article is about our relationship with the Artist known as Rufus Wainwright.  Our first hearing of Rufus was when Rufus covered Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah before all the rest. Rufus introduced us to this multi-layered gospel song, written by a Jewish poet who practiced Zen Buddhism.

Hallelujah

 

 

Rufus Wainwright (with Martha) – In My Arms – Live 2006 (Choose HQ)


 

Rufus Wainwright sings a wonderful version of “In My Arms” of his debut album with sister Martha Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright 2020 image

Rufus Wainwright – Trouble in Paradise (Official Music Video)


 

Song
Trouble In Paradise
Artist
Rufus Wainwright
Album
Trouble In Paradise
Licensed to YouTube by
WMG (on behalf of BMG Rights Management (US) LLC); BMG Rights Management (US), LLC, ARESA, and 8 Music Rights Societies

Rufus Wainwright – Unfollow The Rules [Official Audio]


 

LYRICS (ENGLISH)
Sometimes I feel like my heart turns to dust
Unfollow the rules
Unswallow the trust
Sometimes I feel like my brain turns to leaves
Unfollow the rules
Uncover the thieves of the game

Sometimes I reel in a fish far too small
Back into the sea, hook, sinker and all
And beyond ruins from before the fall
Stop looking and see
And just head the call of the plebes
Just like Hercules in Thebes was just,
By just being a man

But I’m no Hercules
And this is Herculean
Tomorrow l will just be feeling the pain

Don’t give me what I want
Just give me what I’m needing
Unfollow the rules
Unfollow the path to the seeding

I’ll never know
But perhaps I’ll have a feeling
Unfollow the rules
Unfollow the wrath to the stealing.

But I’m no Hercules
And this is Herculean
Tomorrow I will just be feeling the pain

Break

I’m no Hercules
And this is Herculean
Tomorrow I will just be feeling the pain

Don’t give me what I want
Just give me what I’m needing
I will never know
But perhaps I’ll have a feeling
Don’t give me what I want
Just give me what I’m needing
I will never know
But perhaps I’ll have a feeling

Producer: Mitchell Froom, David Boucher
Mixer: David Boucher
Mastering Engineer: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering
Publisher: Aserkh Music (ASCAP)

Lead and background vocals – Rufus Wainwright.
Drums, percussion – Matt Chamberlain.
Guitars, tympani – Blake Mills.
Piano – Randy Kerber.
Pedal Steel – Greg Leisz.
Bass – David Piltch.
Keyboard – Mitchell Froom.
Violins, violas – Rob Moose.
Cellos – Gabriel Cabezas.
Flutes – Dan Higgins.
French Horn – Laura Brenes.
String, horn, woodwind arrangements – Rob Moose.

(C) 2020 Rufus Wainwright under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC