Sunday, 5 September 2010
Sunday Night is... Talking Heads x 2
Burning Down the House
Life During Wartime
Talking Heads of course. Every ten years or so I think I have outgrown rock or (far more likely) that it has superannuated me. As a result I miss out on some magnificent things. The second track here, with extraordinary dancing by David Byrne and full-on energy by the whole band, is so exhilarating it brings joy. I wish I had seen them live then. I also wish I could embed the best available YouTube version of Take Me to the River, which is probably as good as Burning Down the House. I can't, but I can point to it.
What is it about the joyfulness of human energy that moves me so? It's the mixture of freedom and discipline, I think - the perfect balance between the two. The fact that it is possible to have both. And that it is the kind of superfluity that comes from concentration and delight, that has Byrne doing a couple of laps of the band in Life During Wartime - that shows we have more than we think.