Mark Knopfler is one of those artists I feel I should like even more than I do. He’s written and performed some truly magical songs (and albums) and I have to believe he has a ton of music I’ve never heard that I’d really love.
Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms is, of course, a masterpiece. And Making Movies is another stellar album, full of Knopfler’s other-worldly guitar work and terrific songwriting. Tunes such as ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Brothers in Arms’ would make my short list of the greatest songs ever written.
And yet I don’t own any other Dire Straits albums and haven’t even tried to seek one out. I’m not sure why. It could be that their time sort of came and went before I got into them so there wasn’t the reminder that comes with new releases. And with so much new music to explore, it’s easy to forget about back catalogs.
As for Knopfler’s solo work, I’m familiar with only one album, the stellar Sailing to Philadelphia. It’s brilliant start to finish and again, I have no idea why I haven’t sought out more of his solo work. Today’s song is a duet between Knopfler and James Taylor which covers the unique subject matter of the creation of the Mason/Dixon line.