Directed and Edited by Jonathan Krauth
Creative Producer: Matthew Nagler
Art Director: Michelle Allan
Produced by Green Couch Productions
Ed Harcourt traveled a lot as a child. His father was a diplomat, and Harcourt spent much of his childhood in Holland and Germany. His parents exposed him to all kinds of music, including jazz, blues, pop, soundtracks from musicals, and the Beatles. The music of Cole Porter and Fats Waller "gave me a feel for the importance of lyrics and narrative in songs. They take a lot of care with their lyrics---I try to do that," he told Stephanie Merritt of the London Observer. Other influences were the albums of Tom Waits and Randy Newman.
Harcourt's mother recognized her son's talent for music, and set him up with piano lessons when he was nine years old. "While other kids were out playing football I was in this little room with an old lady and the Fanny Waterman book of piano lessons," he told Merritt. As time went by, Harcourt also learned to play many other musical instruments...more
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