Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Mild Lament on this Saturday October Morn

Tonight, one-time Talking Heads lead man David Byrne is giving a concert the city renowned, acoustically perfect performance venue on the old northside of the city.

I really wished I was going to this show, but I also know that it is my weekend with the kids, so I'd feel like I was not keeping up my commitments to them by going, given that I had a good-sized "me" weekend with the blogger gathering.

Byrne's promoting a new album that he and Brian Eno recorded, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. Here is a video clip for one of the tracks, "Strange Overtones", that is getting airplay on XM.

I first heard the track about a month ago and fell in love with it. I also really like the description of this music as "electronic gospel."

Those of you who have read my backstory posts will know that I've been a Talking Heads fan for some time, but I don't think I've talked much about Eno in this space.

I remember back in 1985, as a high school student, going on an invited tour of the really big liberal arts college over in south central Hoosierland. I was sitting in a lecture hall as they were discussing some college information, and I noticed that someone at one time had scrawled the phrase "Eno is God" on the table surface.

The more I have become familiar with Eno's works, both as a producer and as a musician, the more I have come to appreciate just how much of a creative genius he is. You can see his signature on U2's Unforgettable Fire, wherein the music takes on a more ethereal sound. With respect to his own works within the ambient genre, "Triennale" stands out as a one of my favorites.

Triennale - Brian Eno

It can be either soothing or haunting depending on my frame of mind and the time of day.

My mother's 59th birthday was on Thursday, so my daughters and I will be treating her to lunch today. We also might make a trip down to my pet coffee shop for a smoothies and a game or two of Candy Land.
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