David Byrne's American Utopia ★★★★

rly shld've kept "The Great Curve" from the stage show! other than that this is genuinely utterly joyful and one of the few times i've felt a genuine wonder at the world since i was like 9. the climax is genuinely moving; one rly does come away w/ a sense of what Hunter Hunt-Hendrix said in a very different context: "And we should say 'American' rather than 'US': the US is a declining empire; America is an eternal ideal representing human dignity, hybridization and creative evolution.
"[...] An America that has never existed and may never exist. The America that represents the apocalyptic humanism of William Blake. The America celebrated by Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring or Ornette Coleman’s Skies of America.
"This America is a metaphor for pure unrestricted creativity, the courageous exercise of will and the joyful experience of the continuity of existence. A celebration of the hybrid and of creative evolution."

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