More than memorable was the day that I discovered the Talking Heads in second grade. I’ll never forget just how displaced I felt at finding their work. Strangely and extremely, their music impressed me in a way that was foreign to any other seven-year-old…for this inherent yearning for culture was both consuming and entrancing. And so I pored over my father’s 80’s cassette tapes every night, hungering to know more about that man and myself. And today, almost two decades later, David Byrne’s work still brings me comfort (check out some of his TED Talks HERE). Below are a few quotes and songs that have inspired my work in that time. My wish is that you, my readers, will also find them just as inspirational.
“I sense the world might be more dreamlike, metaphorical, and poetic than we currently believe–but just as irrational as sympathetic magic when looked at in a typically scientific way. I wouldn’t be surprised if poetry–poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes, and designs–is how the world works. The world isn’t logical, it’s a song.”
“Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”
“Things fall apart, it’s scientific.”
“Deep down, I know I have this intuition or instinct that a lot of creative people have, that their demons are also what make them create.”
“When things get so absurd and so stupid and so ridiculous that you just can’t bear it, you cannot help but turn everything into a joke.”
“Yeah, I like to keep myself interested – I’ll kind of throw myself into some area that I don’t completely know or understand, that I’m not adept at, so I’m forced to swim in order to stay afloat. There’s a good feeling that comes from that.”
-David Byrne (1952-)