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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October31, 1986 - Page 11

Anderson's 'Home of the Brave
offers an innovative exploration

By Therese Odlevak
Home of the Brave is a film
composed of concert footage from
Laurie Anderson's most recent tour.
Unlike other concert films,
however, Home of the Brave is
more than a simple documentary
account of a performance. Rather, it
is a film that allows Anderson
herself to express and reveal her
own individual message and
opinion through music.
The movie begins with
Anderson dressed up as the mask-
faced character of "Sharky," who
starts the concert with an
explanation of the binary number
system used to create Anderson's
song "Sharky's Day." The language
and attitude of Anderson is
humorous, yet there are serious
undertones when she begins to
relate the numbers of "one" and
"zero" to the way that people in
society define them. To be "number
one," Anderson explains, is what
everyone wants. No one wants to
be a "zero." This use of scientific

formulation and insight of social
concepts give Anderson's music,
which at times seems innane, a
sarcastic humor and hidden
meaning. She demands that the
audience understands not only her
lyrics, but the reasons why she
wrote them and the deeper message
they present.
During the actual musical
performance, Anderson makes use
of a movie screen situated behind
the band to flash pictures which
represent the ideas of her songs.
This use of visual imagery draws
the audience's attention away from
Anderson's stage presence and
forces one to concentrate on the
music and particular scenes that
relate to the lyrics themselves.
Anderson also shows her
versatility by singing in both
Spanish and Japanese. This gives
spontaneity to the performance and
reveals Anderson's concern for new
ways to present her music.
Home of the Brave is an
energetic and spellbinding large-
screen version of Laurie Anderson's

stage style. While it is the devotees
of Anderson's music who will
probably get the most out of this

film, the pure liveliness of her act
and the insight she insight hold
something for all viewers to enjoy.

Bravo :
Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the world's most acclaimed and respected
pianists, will give a recital on Sunday afternoon, at 4 p.m. at Hill
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because you can walk out and get a
feeling without even playing, and
you do. The audience is very
important. They're the listen -
er...it's like saying 'How important
is it when you're having a
conversation, if the other person's
listening?' God, it's important,
because you're communicating
something. And the success or
failure of the concert depends on
whether you've done that. And that
also depends on whether people
have listened...and you can tell and
feel that, just like in a conversa -
tion...it's just a psychological fact
that you're aware of.
D: Could you tell us something
about your background?
S: I started writng music sort of
late. I didn't start writing until I
was 21 or 22, then I started writing
a lot. But as a result, I went
through a lot of very concious
accumulation of skills...it was a
process that I moved through more
as an adult than as a child. So I
think someday that I will make a
great teacher, because I'm very
aware of steps.

I quit piano to play ball in high
school, because I hated my teacher,
and she gave me an ultimatim:
either play ball or play the piano. I
opted for softball. So I didn't play
at all for four years, five years. In
fact, I think I tried several other
disciplines before I went back to
music--writing poetry and doing art,
and philosophy and languages....
D: Was it calling you all the
while?
S :Oh yeah, it was, but it
wasn't, because I was so afraid of
it. I thought, "What am I going to
do with this? Teach piano lessons?
Be a music librarian?" I just didn't
know....and frankly, being in a
conservatory-type atmosphere, it's a
little frightenening, because it's
hard to know what you're going to
do from that kind kind of place. I
was fortunate enough to get out of
there.

D: What do you mean by that?
S: I wasn't learning what I
wanted to learn. I wanted to learn
to hear better, and play better, and
you're so busy collecting a lot of
information that that's the last
thing you do...for example, if
you're taking a class in Baroque
music, and you have to memorize
all the modes so you can pass your
test...but if somebody were to drop
a needle on a record and say "What
mode is this?" you wouldn't know,
because you're so busy memorizing
what it is so you can write it down
on a test, you don't know what it
sounds like, which is completely,
completely absurd.
Music is sound. It is not
theory, it is not just infor -
mation...there's so much informa -
tion you have to learn, and your'e
busy doing that, you're not busy
growing musically...I had this

illusion that you learned theory, and
suddenly, you knew how to write.
In a conservatory type atmosphere
it's the last thing that would be
likely to happen. You learn how to
analyze other things that are
written...I could go back to that
atmosphere now and learn some -
thing, because of what I know now,
but at the time, what I wanted to
know, and learn, was not happening
there...
D: I suppose you're saying that
your conservatory experience was
not useful. But was it useless?
S: No, I think lots of times
disappointments are very useful.
They're important. They create an
ache or a deeper desire for some -
thing. ..you get angry and you look
harder.

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