David Byrne is a musical genius


and he’s actually playing in Albuquerque! Sunday, September 28, 2008. And I just bought myself a ticket!

David Byrne will be touring in support of his new album (made in collaboration with Brian Eno), Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. He will also be playing music from his previous collaborations with Eno, including three Talking Heads albums and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. David’s touring with a full band, including back-up singers and dancers.

I’ve wanted to see him live in concert ever since I saw the movie Stop Making Sense.

Why stop making sense? Why a movie? Why a big suit? Where do the odd movements come from? What will the band David Byrne do next? You can read his pseudo blog online — I say pseudo because he doesn’t allow comments on his posts (sigh). Do any celebs have blogs where they actually let folks post comments? In David Byrne’s defense (not that he needs one from me) at least it appears that he writes his own posts… and he calls it a journal, not a blog.

NOTE: for my San Diego friends, he will be playing at Humphrey’s (by the bay, on the water, one of the best places to see ANY artist play). For a list of / google map of David Byrne’s upcoming tour, check his website.

In noodling around the internet, I found this David Byrne quote from the film True Stories (which I have not seen):

I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don’t notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.

Perhaps its because I write creative non-fiction, but this quote really speaks to me.

Did I mention I think David Byrne is a musical genius? let me amend that– David Byrne is an artistic genius. Can you imagine him at a dinner party?? how cool would that be?

So I’m puttin’ it out there…. David Byrne, if you’re listening you are totally invited to my house for dinner. I can’t guarantee that I won’t get all tongue tied and make an ass of myself, but I make a mean pozole!

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