Day 51: O Superman

I played this song for Miles, and he was really interested in it. I saw Laurie Anderson twice, once in the late 80s at the Syria Mosque Theater when I was in highs school and once at the AJ Palumbo Center at Duquesne University in the 90s. They were great shows.

I played it for Miles and explained her music and how she performed—accompanied by lots of really intense visuals projected on screens around her. There is a movie, Home of the Brave, that captures her innovations and storytelling. She was way ahead of her time.

Miles liked the song and he liked it in a way, I think, that I liked lots of things when I was a teenager. He liked it because it was interesting and challenging. I would hear music sometimes that I did not understand, but I figured that if other people liked it then there was simply something there that I could not recognize yet. Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart fits in that category. I think maybe the light bulb appeared above Miles’s head when he hear this song, but it had not yet lit up. He had a lot of light bulbs, and I regret he did not have time to light them all.