David Byrne & St. Vincent’s New Album

What a dream collaboration!

Their album Love This Giant is out today! Here is a little video they made about the album for The Daily Beast:

I am going to see them when they come to New York in two and a half weeks! I saw her at Pitchfork’s music festival in 2010 and she was amazing. I am really glad to learn the show will feature some of her solo stuff. And David Byrne’s collaboration with Brian Eno Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is a really special album to me as I wrote about in my post on my atheistic “spirituality”/”religiosity”, I hope he plays some of it:

I rely on music enormously to express my feelings or to sustain me with pleasure during a long, hard day. I love small, temporary habits…[l]ike always eating at the same deli on Thursday nights while watching the same thing on the TV, listening to my i-pod, and reading Andrew Sullivan’s blog—that was one semester at about 4pm while I prepared to teach at 7.  I love building in those little rituals.

My favorite was, for several semesters, coming home from the city, whether I had taught in Queens or New Jersey that day or just in Manhattan, I would travel back to the Bronx on the school van and every night I would listen to David Byrne and Brian Eno’s albumEverything That Happens Will Happen Today. And they say they wrote it as “secular gospel music” and boy does it work for me on that score. It was this meditative stuff, I would always start with the title track and I love the thought—everything that happens will happen today.   Somewhere someone is going through everything and experiencing everything that ever happens.

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I would also go nuts to hear some great Talking Heads songs live too.

But even if all they play is this funky new stuff they made together, I guess I can live with that too.

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • John Morales

    Your Thoughts?

    Trust me, you don’t really wouldn’t want to express what I think of this.

    • John Morales

      [ack!]

      Trust me, you really don’t want me to express what I think of this.

  • M Groesbeck

    On the topic of music relating to atheist/secular “spirituality” — I think we may have a similar experience of music, but I might use different terms. I tend to see it in terms of art and religion both appealing to certain human emotional needs. (Of course, I tend to think that art does a better job there; much like science does a far better job than religion at understanding how the world works.) If anything, religion has been raiding music for the kind of sensory/mental/emotional/social impact that keeps people around (in churches or concert halls).

    As for the David Byrne/St. Vincent collaboration — I hadn’t heard about this! And I was just going through some of Byrne’s work…(“Feelings” may not have made waves, but I found out that there were still songs that I remembered clearly after not hearing them for 14 years.) And with St. Vincent! I’ll definitely have to pick this up…

    • Nolasusan

      Ummm, I have to disagree with your comment ‘religion has been raiding music for the kind of sensory/mental/emotional/social impact that keep people around (in churches or concert halls)’. Did you not know that rock and roll actually was born of gospel churches? Elvis was weaned on gospel, so was Jerry Lee Lewis, and many, many other greats. And, please understand, in no way at all am I religious, but my Momma’s maids and nannies used to take me to their churches and it was the most enjoyable fun loving times I remember as a kid.
      And, that music, was first …. everything else came from that.


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