Oct 1 2023

David Byrne Presents: Looking Inward

By Todomundo

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Talking to Yourself Carly Rae Jepsen
Super Graphic Ultra Modern Girl Chappell Roan
Good In Bed carolesdaughter
Letter To My 13 Year Old Self Laufey
Kill Bill SZA
What Was I Made For? Billie Eilish
Everest Dream & Yung Gravy
La Vita Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Star Mitski
Tiny Garden (feat. duendita) Jamila Woods
Oh God Miya Folick
Cry/Fun Issy Wood
911 waterbaby
Above the Chinese Restaurant Laufey
my future Billie Eilish
Flyin (like a fast train) Kurt Vile
Trigger Hayley Williams
Nobody Gets Me SZA
Cartoon Clouds Miya Folick
My Love Mine All Mine Mitski
But Not Kiss Faye Webster
Andromeda Weyes Blood
More Lawrence
Thank God I Do Lauren Daigle
Am I Too Blue Lucinda Williams
I Keep a Close Watch John Cale
My Body Is a Cage Arcade Fire
I'm Getting Ready Michael Kiwanuka
Green Light Lorde
Older Sasha Sloan
everything i wanted Billie Eilish
Mother (Ultimate Mix) John Lennon
Ghost in the Machine (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) SZA
It's Not Just Me, It's Everybody Weyes Blood
The Drinking Song Nellie McKay
Don't Need You Genesis Owusu
Bug Like an Angel Mitski
You Say Lauren Daigle
To Be Lonely Joan As Police Woman

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The other day, I commented to a friend about how in so many of the songs I’m hearing, the writers and singers are looking inward—they're examining their pain, mistakes, anxieties, joys, and frustrations. Many of these songs are beautiful (and are personal favorites), but I couldn’t help but wonder if all the navel-gazing implies a turning away from the larger world. A decision to disengage might reflect frustration and a sense of impotence as far as the amount of agency and effect we might have beyond our own selves and those close to us. Are these songs a reaction to a sense that politics, economics, and the world of broad ideas are hopelessly dysfunctional, beyond help? Is navel-gazing a sign of privilege or a first-world problem?

My friend said no, that these songs are not that different from songs that recur in every generation; they are the product of folks asking who they are and how they fit in—or don’t fit in. Everyone, my friend said, has to go through it, so it resonates with everyone at some point. And navel-gazing is not entirely useless; in some ways, it is at the heart of religion and philosophical inquiry.

Some listeners might find that these songs are sad, and there’s truth to that. But there is also comfort and balm in feeling and recognizing the feelings and questions we all have in common.

-David Byrne

Oct 1 2023

David Byrne Presents: Looking Inward

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Talking to Yourself Carly Rae Jepsen
Super Graphic Ultra Modern Girl Chappell Roan
Good In Bed carolesdaughter
Letter To My 13 Year Old Self Laufey
Kill Bill SZA
What Was I Made For? Billie Eilish
Everest Dream & Yung Gravy
La Vita Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Star Mitski
Tiny Garden (feat. duendita) Jamila Woods
Oh God Miya Folick
Cry/Fun Issy Wood
911 waterbaby
Above the Chinese Restaurant Laufey
my future Billie Eilish
Flyin (like a fast train) Kurt Vile
Trigger Hayley Williams
Nobody Gets Me SZA
Cartoon Clouds Miya Folick
My Love Mine All Mine Mitski
But Not Kiss Faye Webster
Andromeda Weyes Blood
More Lawrence
Thank God I Do Lauren Daigle
Am I Too Blue Lucinda Williams
I Keep a Close Watch John Cale
My Body Is a Cage Arcade Fire
I'm Getting Ready Michael Kiwanuka
Green Light Lorde
Older Sasha Sloan
everything i wanted Billie Eilish
Mother (Ultimate Mix) John Lennon
Ghost in the Machine (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) SZA
It's Not Just Me, It's Everybody Weyes Blood
The Drinking Song Nellie McKay
Don't Need You Genesis Owusu
Bug Like an Angel Mitski
You Say Lauren Daigle
To Be Lonely Joan As Police Woman

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