Mr. Byrne, do you write songs differently now than you did 30 years ago?
I couldn’t write the same kind of songs now that I wrote then. I am not the same person and you don’t have the same anxieties and passions as you do when you’re in your twenties. But I find other ways of writing. I found that I can write from another person’s point of view or I can even use someone else’s words and make a song out of that. And that is liberating for me because it allows me to express emotions through another person that I would never ever express on my own.
I imagine the Talking Heads’ song “Psycho Killer” falls into that category…
It was not autobiographical. (Laughs) That was the first song that I wrote, so it was the way of discovering if I could write a song. And after that one I knew that I understood the form and then I knew I can write something more personal. Everything after that became more personal.
I love your performance of that song at the opening of Stop Making Sense.
Thank you. That was the show that we were doing on tour back then. The film just makes it a little bit shorter so you get the narrative a little bit faster.
And now it’s one of the best concert films ever made.
I thought it was a really simple idea and I was really surprised that no one had done it. I thought, “No one has done a film where you start with nothing and you make the show, you create the show as you go?” No, so…
You also directed your own film, True Stories, years ago. Why haven’t you made more movies?
Somehow it was my fault. After that movie I was seduced by it and tried to get other movies going in Los Angeles and it was a disaster. You hear the story over and over again of people who spend years trying to get something done and if it takes too long, so I thought, “No, I don’t have the patience. I’ll write some songs and make a record.”
Was it more difficult because of your musical success?
It is more difficult because you don’t have the patience. If you focus on making a movie everything else is gone.
Do you like it when your music is used in films?
When it works it is great. When it works you really get something special, but when it doesn’t work then it is a disaster.
Can you keep that from happening?
I do not hold all the rights to my songs, but I can control where they go. But generally, if the financial thing is as it should be, I don’t say no to any films. I don’t make any editorial judgments.
Well, once somebody wanted to use “This Must Be the Place” for a scene where a woman was being hacked into pieces and I just thought, “No, I don’t want that image connected with that song.”
You’ve also done several movie scores over the years, you even won an Academy Award for your work on The Last Emperor. When you are asked to do the score for a film, what makes you say yes?
If it seems like it will be a challenge and fun, then, of course, I want to do it. Also if what is needed is not something that somebody else can do better than I can. There is a kind of more conventional soundtrack thing and if that’s what they are going for I’ll say, “You know, there are people that do this better than I do. You need to go to them.” But other people want to try something new. They want to try something maybe a little different.
That makes sense – you always seem to be trying new things. Recently you even wrote a book about music.
I had done a couple of articles for magazines and newspapers and I realized that I was drawn to the idea of how the various contexts affect how music sounds. So I was interested in how music is molded by the acoustics of a space, by the economics, by the technology, and I thought, “Oh maybe I’ll write a whole book about all these different ways music is influenced from the outside, not from the inside.”
You think it’s a shame that we listen to such low-fidelity music nowadays, right? Thanks to the proliferation of highly compressed mp3s and cheap headphones…
Of course I wish the quality were better, but I also realized when I was young I was listening to music on a little radio that was this big. It completely changed my life and the sound was terrible. In fact, sometimes I was listening with the radio under the pillow in the bed and the sound was coming through the pillow – completely muffled – but it was enough.
Did that kid with the radio under his pillow ever think he would be on the radio himself?
Of course, when we started out I thought the music we were doing was good and that we were going to replace all the dinosaurs. But I also realized that the dinosaurs are really good, some of them are really good – all of these bands, whether it’s Fleetwood Mac or whoever – and I am not so good so I thought, “No, not likely.”
Well, luckily you were wrong.
Yeah, we did okay.
Source: The Talk
Top 10 Quotes From Elon Musk’s Genius
Regardless of whether we’re discussing on the web instalments, science, innovation or space travel, the name Elon Musk should fly up in your psyche.
Alluded to as the Nikola Tesla of our age, Elon Musk is a business person, business head honcho, speculator, designer, and innovator. This person unquestionably knows his way with cash. He turned into a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his first new business, Zip2.
The founder of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX trusts in humankind and needs to change the world, and this isn’t merely pie in the sky considering. The man is really taking a shot at lessening an unnatural weather change and building up a human settlement on Mars to forestall human elimination. What more verification do you have to trust that all that you decided is conceivable?
Here are 11 Elon Musk quotes to influence you to begin taking a shot at your fantasies, regardless of how unimaginable they may appear to be at present.
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.
The first step is to establish that something is possible then probability will occur.
Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.
I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.
If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.
Life is too short for long-term grudges.
I take the position that I’m always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.
People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.
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Top 5 Things We Picked From Cristiano Ronaldo’s Interview
Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about his life in his most cosy meeting to date with The Players’ Tribune.
The Real Madrid forward talks about everything from his first football memory, to his most significant minute in the game, and each inclination he had in the middle.
He additionally discusses his family, the two his folks who helped him achieve the highest point of the diversion, and his child, who helped him value the most important things throughout everyday life.
Underneath we have select five intriguing applies from the long meeting – 5 things you’ll certainly be intrigued to find out about the Portuguese.
Ronaldo played football on the roads… among cars.
Each adolescent has a type of memory of playing on concrete, regardless of whether it’s merely booting a ball against a check.
In any case, as indicated by future four-time Ballon d’Or champ Ronaldo, he used to play in the street, while autos were driving past. Thank the ruler there were no mishaps, eh?
He wasn’t prepared to leave home and battled at Sporting Lisbon.
Ronaldo appears to be the most satisfied person on the planet, yet at 11 years old he didn’t feel prepared to leave home for the Portuguese capital.
As per the man himself he battled at the Sporting Lisbon institute and was exceptionally achy to visit the family, just observing his folks once like clockwork. Luckily he stuck it out, and things showed signs of improvement.
He understood he was unique at the Academy.
It likely didn’t come as a lot of disclosure, considering the reality he would go ahead to end up the best player on the planet. However, Ronaldo can pinpoint the minute he knew he was extraordinary.
He’d show signs of improvement of his partners in preparing and was regularly lauded for his capacity. So, he conceded he was worried about being too little.
Turning into a father at Real Madrid made his chance at club additional exceptional.
It must be truly unique to advance out onto the pitch wearing the all-white Real Madrid strip and having the capacity to tell the world you’re a Los Blancos player.
Be that as it may, as indicated by Ronaldo, this has all been made additional unique by the reality he fathered his child while at the club, which he concedes changed his point of view.
Holding hands and strolling with child is his most memorable moment
Strolling as an inseparable unit with his child in Cardiff is his most loved memory.
All through the meeting, Ronaldo talks gladly about every one of the trophies he has won in his profession, however, concedes they implied more to him when he was more youthful.
Today he views his most loving memory as strolling around the pitch at Cardiff clasping hands with his young child after winning the Champions League. Favour.
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DAVID BAILEY SAYS: “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CROSS THE ROAD?”
Mr. Bailey, would you swear in front of the Queen?
No, if you’re going to accept the Queen you have to accept the tradition. You know, I’ve got nothing against the monarchy. I think there are too many hangers-on, but that’s also a cliché thing to say. I doubt she’d be too shocked. She’s been around; she’s not stupid.
You recently took the official photo for her 88th birthday.
Yes and I think she looks incredible for 88. I had never photographed her before.
I wouldn’t photograph anybody if they only give you five minutes. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if God phoned me up and said, “I want a picture, I’ve only got five minutes.” I’d say, “Well, work some of your magic and make it longer!” Even though I’m actually quicker than most and I usually get bored before they get bored.
What kind of people are the most difficult to photograph?
Lots of politicians are so full of themselves. Sports people too a bit. But actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie. But the fewer people they come with, the more interesting they usually are. Johnny Depp came with nobody so I knew it was going to be all right. Jack Nicholson never came with anybody, but Jack’s different because I’ve known him for so long.
You once said Jack Nicholson is the smartest actor because he knows something nobody else does. What is it that he knows?
I don’t fucking know. If I knew, I’d be as smart as him. (Laughs)
One of the things that fascinated me when I met him was his grin and the sparkle in his eye when he talked about women.
Yeah, with Viagra. He’s the first person that told me about Viagra.
When was that?
Oh, years ago. Before everyone knew about it! (Laughs)
“Actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie.”
When you know someone very well like you do Jack Nicholson is it easier to take a great portrait of them?
It depends. It’s one of those abstract things. We had a difficult bloke this week, what was he called? Van Morris or somebody… He was so grumpy. But I loved him being grumpy because I could use his grumpiness. I got a great grumpy picture out of him. If I see another picture of a rock ‘n’ roller against some graffiti… It drives you mad, the same old picture! Can’t they ever think of something different to do? So I don’t mind people that are difficult. I quite like that. It amuses me because there is always a way around it. I mean, no one could be more difficult than Van whatever he’s called, Van Morrison.
It seems pointless to have your picture taken if you’re not going to cooperate though.
Well he left really happy, Van Morrison. But it is kind of pointless to come here if you’re not going to help me. They might not like the picture, but one day they will. One day that’s what they’re going to look like – whether they look like that or not. Medici said to Michelangelo, “That sculpture doesn’t look like me.” Michelangelo said, “Listen, you’ll be dead in 20 years, but this will be around for 2,000 years. So, that’s what you look like!” You could say that a bit with photography.
Does it often happen that people aren’t happy with their portrait, but then years later change their mind?
Yeah. 10 years later usually. We had one recently, I won’t mention his name, I shot him 30 years ago and he said, “I hate the picture.” But his wife bought one for him as a birthday present recently. (Laughs) 30 years later and come get the picture.
Are celebrities more difficult nowadays than they were 30 or 40 years ago?
Well, I avoid celebrities. I’m not really interested in people that come with PR. That’s probably why I can’t work in America, because I don’t take all that bullshit. I don’t know how people like Bruce Weber manage, because it would drive me mad. All these silly people who don’t know anything that come with celebrities and try to tell you what to do. It’s madness! They brought it on themselves, the magazines. They should have been stricter. They should have said, “No, we’re not showing you. We’re doing the interview and that’s that.” But instead they pander to them and in the end they end up owning you. Those magazines are owned by the celebrities, really.
You don’t strike me as the type to pander to anyone.
I never really read what people write about me, but the comments people made when doing this exhibition recently at the National Portrait Gallery are so stupid. “Oh, Bailey panders to these people.” I don’t pander to anybody. I just do the picture I do. I don’t care who it is. And I won’t do pictures if people want approval. It has always seemed stupid to me that they ask you to do something and then want to sort of tell you how to do it. What madness!
Source: The Talk
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