My last post was about Dave Brubeck, a major inspiration in my life. And here’s another prolific, creative, talented “DB” who has influenced me mightily — David Byrne.
I’m just taking some time this summer to think about (and share with you) a few men who have been muses for me in my own baby steps in writing and creating.
David Byrne is prolific in so many genres. His website has links for his Journal (a brilliant blog), Art and Books (he creates! he designs! he writes!), Music, Film and Theater, and Sound & Video to just start the list.
Byrne is known for his band Talking Heads but he has also collaborated with Fat Boy Slim and Brian Eno. His concert, Ride, Rise, Roar, is my favorite I’ve ever been to.
And he created one of my favorite movies, True Stories, about tabloid stories come to life…epic! It includes Swoosie Kurtz, John Goodman, Spalding Gray, and Byrne himself, as well as an astro turf fashion show and more bizarre scenes than you’ve likely seen in one place. Here’s a smattering of clips and an interview.
A favorite line from the movie: “I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don’t notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.”
Byrne designs bicycle racks, has written about his travels by bicycle in cities in which he tours and visits, and also has a shocking number of art exhibits and installations to his credit.
I once read an article in which Byrne credited his parents’ allowing him to have a room of his own to totally mess around in creatively as one of the elements that accounted for his creativity. He wasn’t stifled, it sounds like. That inspired my parenting enormously way back when.
Because he works in so many directions, with such output, with evident enjoyment of the process, I am inspired by David Byrne.
Does the man sleep?