Did anyone wish David Byrne a Happy Birthday today?
Posted by jhochstat on May 14, 2008
For a man who doesn’t make a lot of music anymore, David Byrne has been making a lot of news recently.
First came his announcement on April 18th that he was reuniting with Brian Eno for an album of “Electronic Gospel” and that he and Eno will tour in support of the album. The tour will consist of over 40 % of Talking Heads material which put smiles on long suffering TH fans for sure.
Then on May 5th, David announced via his journal an ambitious new project called Playing the Building. It is a 9,000-square-foot, interactive, site-specific installation. It will transform the interior of the landmark Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan into a massive sound sculpture that all visitors are invited to sit and “play.” Byrne’s project will consist of a retrofitted antique organ placed in the center of the building’s cavernous second-floor gallery that will control a series of devices attached to its structural features—metal beams, plumbing, electrical conduits, and heating and water pipes. These machines will vibrate, strike, and blow across the building elements, triggering unique harmonics and producing finely tuned sounds. As Byrne explains, it is an elaborate system for “activating the sound-producing qualities that are inherent in all materials.”
All this on top of his magical performance of Walt Disney’s When You Wish Upon A Star from Hal Wilner’s Stay Awake 20th Anniversary at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn on April 2nd (which I had the distinct honor of attending the rehearsals on April 1st and got the opportunity to meet and speak with David for quite a while.)
I have to say to all David Byrne fans, if you have never seen David’s Live at Union Chapel DVD seek it out. I recently lent my copy to T Rex for a cross country flight he had to take and he was mightily “blown away” by it.
So on behalf of anyone that loves David Byrne & The Talking Heads, we wish David a happy 56th birthday. Please continue to share your unique and wonderful music vision with us for many years to come!
David Byrne – Nothing but Flowers (Live at Union Chapel)