A Peek Behind the (David Byrne) Curtain

posted by Tom on July 03, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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Over the last few years, David Byrne has emerged as one of the most articulate of the growing community of artist/bloggers.

The Talking Heads frontman uses frank and often blunt language to share his adventures as a multi-media artist who happens to have impressively diverse interests. Whether he's creating music or theater or really anything, he brings his readers into the process, by sharing not just his lofty "objectives" for a project but also the small specific challenges that threaten to derail it.

This post, from Sunday, tells of a theater workshop production of what he describes as his "disco musical" Here Lies Love. It's a wonderfully engaging read even before he drops this appraisal:  "In the end, I'd say it's the best thing I've done since the Stop Making Sense tour—which I guess is saying something."

Usually I have an involuntarily raised-eyebrow reflex when an artist makes comparison to something iconic from his back pages. But this account was so well rendered, I was curious about the piece even before I got to that sentence.


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