The conversation is, as you may expect, rich in allusions, stories and wit as they talk about death, art and comedy.
Put simply, it’s almost impossible to be a mythical, world-shaking god in music anymore. But that fact merely suggests how important it is to have people like [Prince] walking among us: larger than life beings who operate on an entirely different plane of artistic brilliance.
Tim Minchin is known for his satirical, sometimes profane music, his un-wavering skepticism and atheism, and for writing one of the most popular children’s musicals currently playing. Matt Galloway spoke with him this morning.
Pearl Jam performing ‘Alive’ on MTV Unplugged – 1992
This is what you are reacting to in that song,” Minchin said. “You have a slight sadness when you are a grown-up. You’ve stopped climbing trees and you do not know when that happened. Maybe you’ve already climbed your last tree. You feel a loss of innocence, but you are also facing the truth that you are not the grown-up you thought you would be as a child. You’ve lost your childhood, but you’re actually still a child. And you never got your super powers.
Tim Minchin, on “When I Grow Up” from Matilda : One man’s obsession with one song from ‘Matilda