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Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime

by on Jan.15, 2010, under Cavia666

Once in a Lifetime” is a song by Talking Heads, from their album Remain in Light. Written by David Byrne and Brian Eno, it was named one of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century by National Public Radio.


The verses of the song consist of David Byrne speaking rather than singing. With the lyrics “Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down,” the song has an existential vibe to it, although it is usually interpreted to be a song dealing with the midlife crisis and the inevitable sacrifice of youthful ideals and dreams for conventional success:

And you may ask yourself
How do I work this?
And you may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile?
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful house!
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife!

The main portion of the lyric is said to be based on a preacher heard on the radio by Byrne and Eno while they were driving through New York.

Music video

The music video features a bespectacled David Byrne dancing much like a marionette. The choreography was done by Toni Basil, famous for her hit song “Mickey“. Byrne is shown making sudden flings of his arm, tapping his head, and getting on his hands and knees to pat the floor, much like simple tricks which can be done with actual marionettes. In the background, Byrne dances in perfect synchronisation; in the foreground, a larger Byrne is getting further and further out of synch. Some of Byrne’s mannerisms (such as physical spasms, unfocussed eye movements, and sharp intakes of breath) were inspired by choreographer Basil showing him footage of epilepsy sufferers. The video is noted for being exhibited in the New York Museum of Modern Art.


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David Byrne 和 Thom Yorke 讨论音乐的真正价值

by on Dec.19, 2007, under Cavia666

David Byrne/右: Talking Heads 主唱, 贝托鲁齐的电影<末代皇帝>的配乐(同坂本龙一一起获得奥斯卡最佳电影原声奖), Windows Xp 主题歌 Like Humans Do 的演唱者. (应该就在你的文档了, 如果你没先进到vista 的话)

Thom Yorke/左:  Radiohead 主唱.

背景: Radiohead 新专辑 In Rainbows 在乐迷等待4年之后以数字音乐下载的方式发行, 没签公司没做宣传没有唱片封面, 只有一些宣传画, 而价格是由你自己来定的. 就是你想给多少就给多少. 吉他 Jonny Greenwood 接受采访时说”我们并不是如大众所猜想的, 要抵抗传统唱片产业或为人们做一些改变, 我们只是觉得, 让人们稍微停下来想一想如今音乐的价值是件有趣的事情”.

这次发售已经引起轰动, 在一个月内下载量既达到120万次. 而且也确实引起了大众对音乐销售模式以及音乐本身的意义的思考. 虽然乐队否认抵制传统唱片, 但从此却可以看出传统唱片业衰败的可能性.


第二件. David Byrne 对音乐人的一些指导. 有兴趣的话点这里.

第三件. 强大的”Creative Commons 创作共用” 简称CC 今天五周岁了, 虽然在主流文化界算不上惊天动地, 但已经取得了很好的成效. 这是个好想法, 只是需要时间去实现. 但愿不是像社会主义这样的无穷大.

第四件. 遵循CC协议的关于知识产权和文化的电影 Good Copy, Bad Copy 已争取导演Henrik的同意被汉化. 里面也提及到大量音乐知识产权的案例以及业内人士的观点, 包括很出名的Danger Mouse 的 Gray Album等等. 同时也有很出名的BT 站 The Pirate Bay 的故事.


今天的四件事全和音乐和知识产权有关, 数字音乐发展到现在这个地步, 唱片公司似乎可以被避免掉. 早在radiohead 发唱片之前就有人曾经画过一个类似的销售图, 我忘了在哪, 大概意思就是消费者完全可以跳过唱片公司直接通过网络方式购买某艺人的音乐, 这样艺人也可以获得更多的利益. 我也一直考虑这些问题, 但还没有具体结果. 不管怎样 知识应该是免费的. 只是在传播的过程中需要有好的方式. 虽然这种方式我还不能确定, 但目前国内的教育制度却可以作为一个相当好的反面教材.


update: 今天的新闻报道英国自由民主党新领导人Nick Clegg 雇了 Brian Eno 作为顾问, 意图为该党吸引更多的年轻人. 哈哈

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