photo & text by nacrowe
for me LITTLE CREATURES (SIRE, 1985) by TALKING HEADS is the soundtrack to my early childhood. i distinctly remember being small enough to still be held as a kindergartener (around 1989-90) and hearing songs like "STAY UP LATE" and "CREATURES OF LOVE" from my parents speaker system in our old living room in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. given that i was born within year of its release, it makes sense that an album about coming to terms with the adult responsibilities of REPRODUCTION and the raising of children (very ROCK N ROLL topics i may sarcastically add) still resonates with me. not that i have children, i dont, but in essence i very much was the "little creature" in question to my parents. in that its an interesting portal into how that BOOMER generation came to terms in the 1980s with ADULTHOOD.
which included death. i still think "ROAD TO NOWHERE" is one of the great songs on the subject. it really gets at the big picture of the greater point of living and all the RESPONSIBILITY and eventual suffering that inevitably comes with recognizing ones own MORTALITY. i love how it treats the subject as a ride, one that "we know where we're goin', but we don't know where we've been." there is a sense that what ultimately matters is the experience itself and the ability to be aware and cognizant of the moment and is transitions, such as in the lyrics "I'm feelin' okay this mornin', and you know, we're on a road to paradise, here we go, here we go." musically its incredibly uplifting with what sounds like a prominent accordion in the mix, giving it a rolling forward momentum. i just love the counterpoint of it. its a song celebrating our eventual COLLECTIVE DEMISE. i just find it to be quite a profound and honest statement on a subject that is often reduced to tired melancholic cliches or pedaling false bravado.
as ive gotten older and seen my peers raise children and my parents grow older this TALKING HEADS record in particular only becomes more relevant with each passing day. i expect that will continue as i experience the seasons of my life down the line. my hope is that my eyes are open to the experience in the present moment as well.
how BUDDHIST indeed.