This is just what we need right now: Spike Lee’s film version of David Byrne’s American Utopia, which was just released.
When I danced to some of this music in the ’80s (a little late to the party but super-happy to be at the party at all), I knew it was joyous and life-giving, but couldn’t have foreseen what a pillar of strength it would be for me some 30 years later. David Byrne’s music reminds me that life is worth living. Troubles do pass, will pass, must pass. Hope and human hearts abide. We don’t have to be spared the bad stuff to fully partake of the good stuff.
I’m treating myself this weekend to an HBO trial subscription, one of the slipperiest slopes I can think of. I’m sure I’ll watch American Utopia a half dozen times: a decent start. (Here’s the New York Times review.)
If you like the one-minute trailer above, just let the YouTubes keep rolling.
Get up and dance.