What are words worth?

Click to watch the video interview. Which has nothing to do with the really misleading headline.

Well of course David Byrne is all sonicky. But the headline on this Web piece is certainly not warranted by the content of the interview. After all, this is the man who wrote more than one of my 10 top favorite lines.
“Havin sex and eatin cereal. Wearin jeans and smokin cigarettes now.”

“I never watch TV except when I’m stoned. Like humans do.”

And pretty much all of this one, from “The less we say about it the better” to “share the same space for a minute or two.”

Yes, the pleasure of these lines is in the phrasing. But with Byrne the juxtaposition of images and phrases creates beauty and meaning — without a coherent narrative, necessarily. People might ignore the lyrics while they’re dancing, but the songs would not be as lovely without them.

I did love, in this interview, hearing Byrne express that electric excitement of hearing something totally new …

“The sound of it struck me as I’ve never heard anything like that before in my life, and somehow the fact that it was different than anything else I’d heard meant that somehow it was speaking to me. I felt like oh, there’ s another world out there. This is a little tiny piece of it. And it’s speaking to me and other people like me and we’re connected by this type of music.”

And wow, is the news in this piece buried or what? Another new album already, out Tuesday: “Here Lies Love,” a collaboation with Fatboy Slim … and Cyndi Lauper … and Tori Amos? And it’s apparently all about our friend Imelda Marcos.

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