Thursday, 28 January 2010

'I Hate Remembering.'

'I hate remembering. Its all past.'
- Brian Eno, interviewed in 2009.

I know I talk about music a lot and this post is no exception. I watched the profile of Brian Eno on BBC4, which was followed by an hour of music Eno has been involved in - whether solo, or with David Bowie, Roxy Music, Talking Heads, etc. The profile was excellent, with Eno actually talking about his work and life. He's been directly involved with some of my favourite albums, including Bowie's 'Low'.

It was funny to me to hear him say he hates remembering. I have such an awful memory that I think its one reason I take so many photographs, I take photographs of places I visit, things I do, people I know... I forget things so easily, so the photographs are like a part of my memory, helping me remember, they fill in the blanks.

But it was really interesting to hear him discuss the music he's been involved in, as performer, composer, or producer. Or all three.
The word genius is used too often to describe people, but I think in Eno's case it applies.

Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, and David Bowie at work in the studio in Berlin, circa 1977 © C. Simonpietri


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