Tuesday, September 18, 2012

once in a lifetime...

I was just wandering around YouTube and found this old Talking Heads song. Has there ever been anyone like them? Pink Floyd could have written Shine On You Crazy Diamond for them.

You may ask yourself, what is that beautiful house?
You may ask yourself, where does that highway lead to?
You may ask yourself, am I right, am I wrong?
You may say to yourself, my god, what have I done?

It brought back memories for me of being in Darwin visiting my brother Gary in about 1986. He was in the air force and it was Friday night at the RAAF boozer. There was music. There was tequila. There was dancing. 

There was my brother doing an amazing impersonation of David Byrne's mad dance in this film clip as Once in a Lifetime played. 

It's the kind of song that means more the older you get. Looking back at the memory of my brother and I, beautiful people in our early twenties, dancing without restraint, with no idea that one day we would indeed, as does everybody, say to ourselves with horror My God! What have I done?, it all feels sharply poignant to me.

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