Oedepus wrote:This song is what I call ambitious.
Right up there with I feel my stuff.
I've been listening to Strange Ritual all week to memorize it, and I have to say it's really fun to sing!
It's sort of therapeutic, it's a rollercoaster, I simply love the cathartic release of the last section (keep keep keep keep go!)
As with anything David, he's got talent for imagery, the song lays out a whole movie in your mind. When I listen to music at home with head phones I can pick up details a lot better than when I listen to albums outside. On Strange Ritual there's a noise before the guitar, though I can't tell what it is exactly. On A self-made man there's a very soft and almost faded intro as well. I just read David plays steel guitar on that one, could that be the reason he never played Self-made man live? or is that song too much of a show "pace breaker"?
On Strange Ritual, I wonder who is the man doing back up vocals, his voice is pretty cool. I can only find Bebel Gilberto on backing vocal credits for the song, and she's female
My intepretation of Strange Ritual is David talking about things that have impressed him on his travels, it's his ethnographer's song. I like that instead of creating something folksy or ethnic for the story, he backed it against a rock piece. I think of it as a mni-rock opera
mscott wrote:When Dvid Enryb came out I was very dissapointed but absolutely loved this track. However this album was a reall grower and I appreciated it later
Oedepus wrote:A friend whom I recently made a Byrne fan told me he feels some of the things Byrne mentions are not real, and that the "Strange Ritual" is everyone's most mundane habits.
I think even the most surreal things he describes were actually witnessed. He questioned the human furniture and the man who hadn't moved. Both are very possible in my opinion, the human furniture could simply be people on their kness used as resting spots for someone's feet
The mutant ninja turtles girl sets out a possible scenario for an exorcism!
I hear the mysterious man singing backing vocals on the 1993 CBGB'S try out show for the Byrne album, so he's probably Paul Socolow?
On the same show, as an introduction to Strange Ritual Byrne said:
This is a song I wrote most of the words on a train between El Paso and LA. And some of them on the streets of El Paso.
Aspiemom wrote:I haven't seen the 1993 CBGB's try out show. That sounds like a strange ritual in and of itself.
s!mbells wrote:"A man sits in a field — contemplating his crops, In his mind he travels all over the world" - could be a metaphor for "someBoDy" contemplating the "values" of their life, both material and spiritual, and they "travel", comparing, evaluating against their own life gaining a sense of achievement, a sense of belonging and a sense of understanding. Indexing.
Interesting choice Oedepus. I'm glad you did - I forgot how passionate DB becomes at the end. I also get a feeling that he lets go of some baggage on this CD and this song.
Aspiemom wrote:someBoDy- clever! (It just occurred to me that the DavidenryB could represent someone looking in a mirror. I should have cracked that nut earlier.)
There were 2 try outs, I got this one:
Angels (Very different from the final version, it's all over the place)
Ready For This World (see how they are connected?)
Strange Ritual (A little shorter than the album version)
After this they went on to Record David Byrne!
Oedepus wrote:Oh, the Grown Backwards cover slipcase is a mirror as well. And then the inside subject has become a drawing, mhm...
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