“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.” David Byrne, Bicycle Diaries (2009).
Poetry is the way of the world. Music is the way of the world. All else is nonsense.
David Byrne (b. May 14, 1952) is a singer, songwriter, musician, writer – you name it. Also the lead singer of the new wave band, Talking Heads from 1975 to 1991, David Byrne is one of the greatest artistic minds of our generation, with more creativity and originality than we can keep up with. His musical genius spreads across multiple genres and is even reflected in his all-encompassing book on music theory, the music industry and the art of making music, How Music Works published in 2012.
I was fortunate enough to re/discover Talking Heads in 2019 when I started diving deep into their discography. I was hooked and the entire world became magical all of a sudden. Everything was music and nothing hurt. I will always look back on the time I listened to their music, as well as Byrne’s solo projects as one of the happiest, most ecstatic of my life. So I cannot begin to describe the appreciation I have for David Byrne’s mind which vastly contributed to our culture with everlasting tunes.
Also, happy belated birthday, Mr. Byrne!