Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★★

Been on a David Byrne kick after listening to some of his solo stuff and his collaboration with St. Vincent from 2012. After watching the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and bawling my eyes out watching Byrne's nervous energy infect the stage, I decided to rewatch this masterpiece to let the rest of that emotion out in full.

It is my firm belief that I would not be alive today if it weren't for Talking Heads. Their positive upbeat energy and enthusiasm for creativity and music fuels me every single morning when I wake up. If I'm depressed, meaningful lyrics offer the chance for deep thought. If I'm tired, Tina Weymouth's funky bass playing pushes me forward. If I'm happy, the group's general attitude keeps me in that state of euphoria. Watching a man so comfortable with his eccentricities sharing the stage with a variety of talented individuals, the chemistry they have together almost overloading the scene, brings me so much joy and reinvigorates all of positivity that at one point felt lost. This, to me, is the best concert film ever made. Each song offers something new and exciting and fun. Each lyric carries a story and a message. The ending, before the band leaves the stage, when the camera cuts back and forth between the performance and the audience, showcasing the large range of people of all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes, together bonding over the pure gift of music. This is why the motion picture camera was invented.

Mr. Byrne, I wish I could thank you in person for changing my life for the better. You mad, incredible genius.

"But first, show me what you can do."

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