Television sounded really different than the Ramones sounded really different than us sounded really different than Blondie sounded really different than the Sex Pistols— David Byrne
The most romantic David Byrne quotes that are new and everybody is talking about
Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
Deep down, I know I have this intuition or instinct that a lot of creative people have, that their demons are also what make them create.
I like a good story and I also like staring at the sea-- do I have to choose between the two?
As music becomes less of a thing--a cylinder, a cassette, a disc--and more ephemeral, perhaps we will begin to assign an increasing value to live performances again.
It's not music you would use to get a girl into bed. If anything, you're going to frighten her off.
When you fall in love, you feel like a missing piece of a puzzle that's been found.
There's an old joke that you know you're in heaven if the cooks are Italian and the engineering is German. If it's the other way around you're in hell.
Often I don't know what the song means until it's finished.
Sometimes months later. I don't think that's bad. It implies that I don't know what I'm doing but-I think if you're able to follow your instincts, then that's knowing what you're doing.
With pop music, the format dictates the form to a big degree.
Just think of the pop single. It has endured as a form even in the download age because bands conform to a strict format, and work, often very productively, within the parameters.
Body odor is the window to the soul.
Facts are simple and facts are straight.
Facts are lazy and facts are late. Facts all come with points of view. Facts don't do what I want them to. Facts just twist the truth around. Facts are living turned inside out.
The two biggest self-deceptions of all are that life has a 'meaning'and each of us is unique.
By the time Talking Heads were starting, my feeling was to throw out everything and start from scratch onstage; strip it down to as close to zero as you can get and then you can make it yours.
As I define it, rock and roll is dead.
The attitude isn't dead, but the music is no longer vital. It doesn't have the same meaning. The attitude, though, is still very much alive -- and it still informs other kinds of music.
We've gone through the urban renewal cycle in the '60s and '70s that really did a lot of damage to the fabric of urban life - neighborhoods bulldozed and highways pushed through, and all that kind of stuff that really destroyed the kind of social underpinning and the kind of mom and pop stores and all the stuff that makes a community viable.
What's been missing from digital music sales has been the possibility of added depth. In a printed package one can only include so many images and so much text - for example - but digitally it's wide open. For the most part at the moment we get less information for slightly less money - though we could be getting a lot more.
In the future, women will have breasts all over.
In the future, it will be a relief to find a place without culture. In the future, plates of food will have names and titles. In the future, we will all drive standing up. In the future, love will be taught on television and by listening to pop songs.
This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around.
I don't care how impossible it seems.
One knew in advance that life in New York would not be easy‚ but there were cheap rents in cold-water lofts without heat‚ and the excitement of being here made up for those hardships. I didn't move to New York to make a fortune.
I still feel like if I can get a song to work with, say, a basic beat, a rhythm, some chord changes, and a melody, a vocal melody - if it works with that, then I feel it's written and there's something there.
People will remember you better if you always wear the same outfit.
To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.
Real sadness is such an all-encompassing intense thing that it takes you out of your humdrum existence. If you can still function, you want to show it while it's peaking. So when people tell you to cheer up, it's not always the best thing.
I came to New York to be a fine artist - that was my ambition.
Always be skeptical about simplicity.
I wave to the double-decker buses from my bike, but the passengers never wave back. Why? Am I not an attraction?
Things fall apart, it's scientific.
I'm afraid that everything will get homogenized and be the same
Schools are for training people how to listen to other people.
The world isn't logical, it's a song.
I try never to wear my own clothes, I pretend I'm someone else
On a bike, being just slightly above pedestrian and car eye level, one gets a perfect view of the goings-on in one's own town.
Living "in" a story, being part of a narrative, is much more satisfying than living without one. I don't always know what narrative it is, because I'm living my life and not always reflecting on it, but as I edit these pages I am aware that I have an urge to see my sometimes random wandering as having a plot, a purpose guided by some underlying story.
My take is that the kind of complexity which says we can always generate complexity from simple interactions following for example rules.
My favorite term for a new kind of performance is "security theater.
" In this genre, we watch as ritualized inspections and patdowns create the illusion of security. It's a form that has become common since 9/11, and even the government agencies that participate in this activity acknowledge,off the record, that it is indeed a species of theater.
I'm just wearing regular street clothes.
Pretty much all the time. In the summertime, or when it gets warm out, shorts and sandals or something like that. Stuff that I don't mind getting a little sweaty.
People will do odd things if you give them money.
I love writing. I don't claim to be great at it. Occasionally I get a good sentence off. But I love the activity.
A dissection of music perception and creation that starts slowly and inexorably builds to a grand finish. I loved reading that listening to music coordinates more disparate parts of the brain than almost anything else--and playing music uses even more! Despite illuminating a lot of what goes on this book doesn't "spoil" enjoyment- it only deepens the beautiful mystery that is music.
The better a singer's voice, the harder it is to believe what they're saying.
I don't think I have grand visions that I will never achieve.
When everything is visible and appears to be dumb, that's when the details take on larger meanings.
Interviewer: If I gave you fifty dollars, right now, what would you do with it?David Byrne: I would get something to eat.
It's like 60 Minutes on acid.
Music is relegated to an underground, relatively obscure group of listeners.
It's partly because of the nature of the medium. With a piece of visual art, you can look at something ugly, brutal and in your face, but it's kind of - there it is. It doesn't take you over in the same way that putting on the music at a certain volume does.
Technology has altered the way music sounds, how it’s composed and how we experience it. It has also flooded the world with music. The world is awash with (mostly) recorded sounds. We used to have to pay for music or make it ourselves; playing, hearing and experiencing it was exceptional, a rare and special experience. Now hearing it is ubiquitous, and silence is the rarity that we pay for and savor.
We do express our emotions, our reactions to events, breakups and infatuations, but the way we do that - the art of it - is in putting them into prescribed forms or squeezing them into new forms that perfectly fit some emerging context. That’s part of the creative process, and we do it instinctively; we internalize it, like birds do. And it’s a joy to sing, like the birds do.
I think that if they want people to listen to ten or twelve songs, they have to give the listener a reason to listen to ten or twelve songs or to buy ten or twelve and listen to the whole thing instead of just pulling one or two for their iPod or their computer.