Jun 30, 2010

The Spirit of Motion

A couple years ago, Lolabelle, Laurie Anderson's rat terrier contracted an aggressive form of cancer and during the medical therapy she went blind. She has overcome the illness but her pep was gone. Her worried family finally found a trainer for her who taught her to play the piano ( = tap the keys with her paws and get treats for it) and this kind of mental and physical stimulation brought her vigor back.

Recently Lolabelle herself has made a few public appearances: her keyboard playing was an attraction at the 'Homeland' release party, and, besides her majestic 'parents', Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, she was the third royal person (the Royal Mer-Dog) reigning over the annual Mermaid Parade at Coney Island.

Poor little Lolabelle, though, looks kind-of resigned / disoriented / a little bit fat (right, she has overcome a serious illness and she might constantly get those treats) in some recent photos. I do hope she feels better than she looks like. I'm sure her loving family is 100% there for her. Laurie has just recently said something like Lolabelle was working on a 'Christmas record'-- sounds promising, right? :)

(original photo here)

But what I really wanted to say is that I honestly think 'Bodies in Motion' is actually a song written for/about Lolabelle, and featuring her 'playing' the piano on that very track of 'Homeland' is more than accidental.

Laurie has occasionally told about the personality of her dog-- being a rat terrier, she loves agility training, her main motivation is simply to have fun in life. Laurie has also mentioned something like this as her own life goal, too.

So, here they are, just like twin stars, furthermore: two fellow goddesses out of some ancient Greek myth who may have total command over the world, even over other worlds, too, they can get anywhere they want to, they could see into the future, they could create a religion but all they care about is to have as much fun as possible. (Even if the weight of the world lies heavy on her shoulder-- see the Atlas --> Greek mythology reference, right?)

And to move is to have fun. Moreover: to move together is to have even more fun. To move eternally: a thing only godlike creatures are able to do. So, these two gorgeous souls unite in constant synchronic motion and love and devotion-- a couple with enviable affection towards each other.

I do hope that the world will find delight in the heartwarming sight of this for a long time to come. Or, perhaps, they are going to be there eternally. They'll grace us only when they are in the mood. Blissful souls are entitled to do so. And they most likely are of that species.

Jun 29, 2010


"What she does is overwhelmingly beautiful. In a more enlightened age they'd build a statue to her. The smarter you are, the more you'll get out of this. It's very-very touching, sophisticated, affecting, and it's got power, too. It's a different kind of music, I've never heard anything like it. It's amazing. It crosses barriers of time and language."

(Lou Reed on her wife and her music
- as heard on the 'Homeland' DVD)

For the record...

IMMD Moment: just received my physical copy of 'Homeland' along with an autographed vinyl. It's happening!

Jun 28, 2010

FM4 interview

I managed to record Austrian FM4 Radio's programme Heartbeat with Robert Rotifer, featuring songs by and a phone interview with Laurie Anderson. (Broadcasted on 28 June, 2010, 10PM CEST)

You can listen to the whole programme (songs edited out), the narration is in German, total playing time is 6 mins 33 secs. File size: 9 MB

... Or you can listen to the phone interview parts only (file sizes are about 1 MB each):


Just caught a Facebook posting about an upcoming phone interview with Laurie Anderson at Austrian FM4 Radio. It's going to start very soon, right after the end of the damned soccer thing, which is around in its 65th minute, I found out. Gosh-- all Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer collapsed when trying to open the live stream for the radio... Somehow still managed to start the stream by Winamp (talk about impromptu problem solving methodes). Right now listening to some crappy Latin American schrammel while waiting for the conversation.

Update: I found the tracklist for the show: The Lake, Dark Time In The Revolution, Big Science and Another Day in America. Right now, almost there.........

Jun 27, 2010

NPR interview

Tidbits of Info You Could Not Make It Through the Day Without:
  1. Since the lyrics for 'Only an Expert', Laurie Anderson's raging song on exaggerated expertism are easily updatable, she's going to do so in the next weeks, adding a verse about BP and the petroleum solution to the song in her live performances.

  2. Lolabelle, Laurie's musically gifted rat terrier is working on her Xmas record.

  3. Laurie Anderson does not have any answers. (!)

Listen to National Public Radio's interview with Laurie Anderson by Scott Simon.

And don't forget the Q&A session containing questions from Facebook and Twitter users towards Laurie (I can't link to it directly from here, it's on the left side of the article, under the photo). One of them could deserve the Mister Heartbreak Award of the Day and it goes like this:

"I'd like to know if she's aware the distinct musical rhythm of her heart."

Jun 26, 2010

Laurie's Brainwave

Janna Levin, astrophysicist and writer. Laurie Anderson, multimedia artist and amateur anthropologist. A free-form public conversation between these two women with BRAINZ, recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art in 2010, as part of the 'Brainwave' series. What a treat.

(More photos by Michael Palma)

Janna Levin is the author of 'How the Universe Got Its Spots', a book on spacetime, the universe and quantum theory. Laurie Anderson is NASA's first (and last) artist-in-residence.

Thanks to the magnificence of the world wide web, we (i. e. distant inferior forms of life) have access to this intriguing and hilarious exchange of thoughts-- in both audio and visual format. Hallelujah.

From the centre of nothingness

If you "like" Fenway Bergamot, Laurie Anderson's male alter ego on Facebook, you can see a gloomy video of him walking at the Viking graves near Uppsala, Sweden. Maybe searching for the lingering shadow of long gone ancestors there...

(above: a rare moment without the crazy eyebrows that make me feel so uneasy)

I pretend that I'm happy, you pretend that you're there.

A hidden gem on Laurie Anderson's official site, prominent example of an enjoyable two-chord song - such a pity it did not make it to the 'Homeland' album: The Lost Art of Conversation.

She pretends she's a movie star
He pretends he's a king
She pretends she's a ballerina
He pretends he can sing.

The lost art of conversation
The lost art of conversation

She pretends she was in England
He pretends he's at home
She pretends she's a renegade
He pretends he's alone

The lost art of conversation
The lost art of conversation

I pretend that you love me
And you pretend that you care
I pretend that I'm happy
You pretend that you're there

The lost art of conversation
The lost art of conversation

If I ever covered this song, I'd stick to the duality of D major and D minor throughout the verses, just like Laurie sings at first and somehow appears to be disgruntled with it for a moment. It may be a fault but it's a creative one, IMHO it fits perfectly to the mood of the song, I'm glad they included it on the website anyway.

Then and Now #2: The Croc Coat

Just love the way she recycles these crazy outfits, no matter what the type of the event.

2007: a New York social moment:

(Original photo here)

2010: Sydney, Australia, Concert for Dogs. Knuckles meets Laurie Anderson, LOL:

(Original photo by dunapoo)

Jun 25, 2010

Then and Now #1: The Red Tie

Too much time on my hands...

1990: a screen capture from the 'Beautiful Red Dress' video:

2008: McGarrigle Xmas concert:

(Original photo by griffinshot)

Keys of 'Homeland'

1. Transitory Life - elegiac C minor
2. My Right Eye - trist G minor
3. Thinking of You - thick C minor
4. Strange Perfumes - cyanide C minor
5. Only an Expert - furious G minor
6. Falling - mournful G minor
7. Another Day in America - somber C minor
8. Bodies in Motion - swinging D minor
9. Dark Time in the Revolution - restless Bb major / power chord
10. The Lake - soft Eb major
11. The Beginning of Memory - spare C minor
12. Flow - intimate C major

(Original photo by joeturn)

You know, sometimes I think I can smell light.

That distant smile worn under her closed eyelids - a genuine Laurie Anderson pose. A gorgeous photo just published today, initiator of this blog:


Laurie Anderson, musician and multi-media artist, in her New York home, May 19, 2010. Anderson's new album "Homeland", out now, is her first studio record of new material in nearly 10 years.

Photographer: Fred R. Conrad

(Original here)