A few days before I came up with the ending for last week’s Panic Street Lawyer, I received a very thoughtful gift in the mail. It was the third printing of “How Music Works,” the eighth book written by David Byrne. The gift arrived in time to stop me from using yet another song title – such as this one -- for today’s PSL title.
Byrne is best known as a musician, specifically as the singer/songwriter/guitarist for the band Talking Heads. That band formed in 1975 and made eight studio albums, the last one in 1988. Talking Heads last toured as a live act in the U.S. in 1983 (their August 13 performance at what was then called the Stanley Theater was a truly memorable one). From that tour in support of their “Speaking in Tongues” album came the critically acclaimed documentary film Stop Making Sense. All 4 members last performed together at their 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.