Laurie Anderson “Dirtday” at the RHF

My ticket for Laurie Anderson’s amazing show on Friday. It was everything that I’ve come to expect from a Laurie Anderson show. Amusing, emotional, political and personal, it was a great performance on every level. I’m so glad I went along.

I wish she’d release another album. I know it hasn’t been long since her last, but the material from her last few shows is so good I’d like to hear it again.

In any case, it was a superb show and I’m glad I made the effort to get along to it.

Listening to Laurie

I found this tape the other day when I was clearing out old cassettes (a job that’s going to take me a while I think).

I’d forgotten I even had this, so it is great to listen to Laurie Anderson as I’ve been a fan for many years now, and interesting to hear her talk about her work in the present tense from so long ago.


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Homeland

I’ve been a fan of Laurie Anderson for as long as I can remember now so I was so pleased to finally get my physical copy of Homeland together with a signed 12″ of ‘Only an Expert’.

Homeland is a great album. I remember seeing Laurie Anderson perform it at the Barbican a couple of years ago. What an amazing show that was.

One of the things that I really enjoy about her music and especially her lyrics is the way she sees things from a very different perspective to the everyday. It’s more than just a step back and look at things with fresh eyes, it’s more of a step back and to one side and repeat for quite a while. If that makes sense.

Getting a different perspective is so important. I constantly find myself bombarded with news and opinion from every direction, be it the internet, TV, radio, print. Sometimes in the midst of all those competing opinions it is hard to find your own perspective, your own voice. Listening to Laurie Anderson reminds me that it is still there.


Listening to Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog”

So just a few first impressions really, after only listening through once. Firstly, I loved it. It was very story focused. It was funny, and sad, and poignant, and beautiful. I really enjoyed listening to it a lot. So I’m expecting to really enjoy it on all the subsequent listens too.

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