An expert on life and language
One of my favorite artists is Laurie Anderson. Many readers here recognize her as an avant-garde, spoken-word, video and performance artist who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, moved to New York in the 1970s and made a splash on the mainstream music scene in the early 1980s with an album called Big Science, which was selected work from her live stage performances and had a breakout single called O Superman. For younger readers who may not know much about her, O Superman is a pretty good introduction. That link is really the closest thing I can find on YouTube that captures the original stage performance. The video and audio are a bit out of sync.
If you’re already familiar with Laurie Anderson, you might care more about what she’s been up to lately. So for fans from way back who want to catch up, here’s a more recent clip of her performing a great piece called Only An Expert just a couple years ago. It’s got some fairly topical stuff in it about WMD blunders, the resulting wars, global warming, etc. Lots of other great work she’s done over the years is available on YouTube just by searching on her name. There are all kinds of mashups and re-mixes of her work that others have ripped off and used for their own videos. Most of them aren’t worth watching.
Anyway, I think she is an artistic genius. Just look at her eyes. If I had to pick just one expert on Earth for everything I ever might need and as part of the deal all the other experts I didn’t pick would be rendered mute forever, I would go ahead and pull the trigger. I’d say: “Laurie Anderson is my expert.” She’s 62 years old now and is married to some guy named Lou Reed. How did he rate?
Have a great Sunday.