Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Stop Making Sense

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Stop Making Sense

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Stop Making Sense

By The Talking Heads

(Palm Pictures, 1984, 1999)

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Spiritual classics are inspirational works, tested by time, designed to bring one closer to God. G.K. Chesterton and John Henry Newman come to mind. I have works on my shelf by modern religious writers, from Peter Kreeft to Anne Lamott, who manage to inspire me--when I am not furiously disagreeing with them. But my soul's deepest stirring comes from a source neither literary nor overtly religious.

Music inspired humans before we could speak, I suspect. Movies are a more recent yet wildly popular medium. Combining the two gives a doubly powerful route into our souls.

The Talking Heads were not a band of my youth. I was well into my 30s when their concert film Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme, came out. It combines music you can dance to with lyrics that recapitulate the boomer experience of rebellion, idealism, and subsequent cynicism--all leading to that mysterious moment when you find yourself suddenly an adult, with a vocation and responsibilities, asking, "How did I get here? …

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