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Friday, October 11, 2013

Sting tries musical theater with 'Last Ship'

There's' an eerie truth to a song on Sting's new album, "The Last Ship."

"Dead Man's Boots" tells the story of a father passing a job to his son that the boy simply doesn't want. In a way, that story parallels the musician's life.

Born in the English shipbuilding town of Wallsend, Sting clearly wanted no part of the industry, instead attending university to become a teacher. But that wasn't enough, so two years later he made an even bolder move: to pursue a career in music.

"There were no clues in my environment that you leave that environment and fare well and be successful. My parents didn't really understand what my dreams were, they just thought I was crazy, because I had just given up a job with a pension and the security, in their eyes," he said.

Sitting in a sweater with trademark T-shirt and leather pants, he holds a guitar as he revisits some of those moments.

"My dad really didn't understand till the end of his days what the hell I was doing. He thought that I should have had a proper job. Maybe he was right," Sting joked. "I wanted to take a risk and be a star. I don't know where I got the confidence from. I just got lucky."

After a successful run with his seminal band, The Police, and the prolific solo career that followed, Sting's first new recording in nearly a decade may be his most ambitious project. The 62-year-old musician is turning to a medium that some of his musical counterparts have found treacherous: musical theater.

"I want to surprise an audience; I want to surprise the listener. I want to surprise myself. To me the essence of music is surprise, every eight bars you need a surprise, otherwise people fall asleep," he said.
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