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Phil-anthropy

In the dictionary the word “philanthropy” is defined as, “An activity performed with the goal of promoting the well-being of fellow man.” We here at “One More Knight” find that word very appropriate for describing any number of the actions and activities carried out by one Phil Collins.  That being said, as  suitable as it would be to constantly refer to him as a “philanthropist” for all of the well-being he has bestowed upon his fellow man with countless musical and charitable contributions, the word still fails to appear aesthetically pleasant in its written or typed form— much like Phil Collins’ name when it is not accompanied by a titular “Sir.”

To remedy this problem we’ve chosen to create a new version of the word.  This version requires a hyphen to differentiate the fact that he who is being so generous to mankind is in fact named “Phil.” Seeing as there are very few people named Phil who are on par with Mr. Collins in the field of “philanthropy” (note: no hyphen here because we are talking about the general practice of Philanthropy) we can assume that any mention of “Phil-anthropy” (or a “Phil-anthropist“) does not require a specific mention of the surname of said extremely talented and giving individual and that it is indeed referring to Phil Collins.

We hope this new usage does not cause any confusion as it sounds identical to the previous version of the word.  However, speakers should feel free to pause between “Phil” and “anthropy” if they so please.

Now that we’ve introduced you to our new word, it’s only fair that we use the word in a proper context to better advise you of its usage. Pay close attention:

A great performer is engaging in a wonderful act of “Phil-anthropy” by offering fans a chance to win two free tickets to see him live in New York on June 25th at the Roseland Ballroom.  He is a great “Phil-anthropist.”

Roseland? June 25th?

Now that we’ve remedied the language problem that comes along with referring to Phil Collins and  acts of philanthropy in the same sentence; we suggest the British Government and Royal Family remedy the issue that comes up when one discusses Phil Collins and Knighthood in the same breath.  And if you live in the New York area, try to get your hands on those free tickets!

Cinco de Mayo Phil Collins-Style

We here at “One More Knight” would like to wish our Mexican readers a Happy Cinco de Mayo.  Now we could take this opportunity to regale you with some nonsensical story about how, if Phil Collins were at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, he would have nobly fought on the side of Mexico to defeat French forces and that that alone should qualify him for Knighthood.  However, we know that’s all a load of bullcrap.  Honestly, we really just wanted to use the special occasion that is this holiday as an excuse to post this picture of Phil below:

In any case, if you’re celebrating this Cinco de Mayo today have a great time.  And if you come across any vexing quandaries as to how you should proceed with the day’s merriment, just ask yourself W.W.P.C.D?

(Update: We realized it would’ve been a missed opportunity to declare solidarity with all of our fellow Phil Collins fans of Latino descent in Arizona.  Here’s to you, whether you’re of legal or illegal status. Cause it’s no fun being an illegal alien.)


Montreux Monsters of Rock

We at “One More Knight” were delighted by this morning’s announcement that the soon-to-be Sir Phil Collins would be taking the stage at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland along with fellow virtuosic music acts Roxy Music and Massive Attack. This was good news for several reasons:

One, the venue is more than likely a short, utterly convenient automobile drive from Mr. Collins undoubtedly posh Suisse Chalet; Two, the inclusion of Roxy Music on the bill means a more than likely meeting between Phil and his old friend Brian Eno, whom he played percussion for on several highly influential albums.

While we can’t make it to the festival unless by some freak occurrence some wealthy benefactor pays for our trip (hint) to that picturesque den of neutrality at the foot of The Alps, the naive influence of wishful thinking leads us to imagine a scenario in which Phil will be miraculously healed from surgery on his dislocated vertebra and limber enough to join Mr. Eno on drums to play a live version of Another Green World in its entirety.

Unfortunately due to the fact that Mr. Collins is a true noble and has suffered for his art, this probably won’t happen as  Phil’s injury has left him not so hot on drumming these days.  We can at least hope that Mr. Eno and our Knight in shining vocal timbre strike up a conversation about working together on a new album so mind-bendingly awesome that it changes our perception of music as we know it, ultimately forcing the Queen to bestow Knightship upon him.

We’re crossing our fingers for everything to pan out as stated above.  Really though, any Phil Collins news is good news, but news of Knighthood is even better.  We look forward to all of the glowing reports of this July performance and hope Her Majesty the Queen secures her tickets soon.

The Continuing Legend of Phil Collins

April 20, 2010 1 comment

We’re not sure what the exact requirements for Knighthood are.  We here at “One More Knight” have the reasonable expectation that those who are given the honour to be called “Sir” or “Dame” exhibit an exceptional amount of valour in their chosen field.  Though past feats and accomplishments surely weigh heavily on the consideration as to whether one’s existence merits its own Knightly due, we like to think a continued display of excellence only strengthens one’s case to bear the Grand Cross’s Star of the Order of the British Empire.

Not known to be a slouch having released a rather thick catalogue of celebrated solo material, a vast library of elaborate and delicate musical masterpieces with Genesis, and finally collaborating with many great musicians as a percussionist; Phil Collins is still at it.

His latest album Going Back finds he who should not settle for being referred to as “Mister Collins,” exploring the soulgasmic sounds of classic 6o’s Motown.  If you doubt that Phil has the chops to do so; firstly, shame on you. Secondly, all you have to do is listen to his version of “You Can’t Hurry Love” to know better.  Not content just to release an album for the masses to lap up digitally come September, the pop music icon has launched a bit of a live preview in New York, where he’ll be taking to the stage from June 22nd-June 25th at the Roseland Ballroom.

While we admit that staging a live concert preview of his new album in New York instead of London probably isn’t going to go a long way towards getting him knighted, he’s not doing this to prove his knightly worth. He’s just doing what he’s always done by entertaining the people.  If the Royal Family wants to catch a glimpse of the future “Sir” in action, they best send a representative.  We’re sure Phil has a few comps he could spare…or they could buy a ticket.  That is if there are any left after yesterday’s presale.