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06/09/2004: "byrne."

Saw David Byrne at Carnegie Hall tonight and it was MAGIC. There was a period of my life when I watched Stop Making Sense obsessively, and I think this is the closest I'll ever get to actually being inside that film. Byrne's ageless as ever--either he and Bowie are drinking the same vampire-magick life-elixir, or there's some serious Picture of Dorian Grey action goin' on in that attic. Byrne never stopped moving; he was too busy cha-cha dancing, hip-swiveling, pogoing, or contorting his body into odd Gumby-like configurations. Over half the set was old Talking Heads songs--"I Zimbra," "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," "Road to Nowhere," "Once in a Lifetime," "Psycho Killer," "Heaven," "Life During Wartime". . .

And I'd never been inside Carnegie Hall before. It's so beautiful in there; it's like sitting inside a wedding cake turned inside-out. Good lord, the acoustics! It's been so long since I've been in a venue that was actually designed for great sound.

I hope I get the chance to dance with David Byrne someday.


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