Grace under pressure – Shawn Coyne

Here’s a three-times great piece from writer,editor and publisher Shawn Coyne, writing on Steven Pressfield Online.

He describes Eric Clapton’s performance of Further On Up The Road in The Last Waltz.

  • Firstly, it’s a great example of grace under pressure; both the effortless professionalism of the Band and Eric Clapton’s recovery from an on-stage mishap.
  • Secondly, it’s a beautifully written piece.  We don’t need the background to the song.  We don’t really need the set-up of the film.  But it sets the scene beautifully, building pace and tension.  And the description of the on-stage activity is well-paced and exciting.
  • Thirdly, it’s a great reminder of a fantastic film.  I need to dust off my DVD and watch it again.

In the meantime, here’s the song on YouTube:



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