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“O Superman”

Posted by purplemary54 on September 11, 2012

A little more than a week after September 11, 2001, Laurie Anderson performed at Town Hall in NYC.  I believe it was a previously scheduled performance that Anderson and the management of the venue decided not to cancel in the wake of the attacks.  “O Superman” was twenty years old by this point, a song that had been a minor hit for Anderson.  Although “song” isn’t really an accurate description.  Laurie Anderson isn’t a musician; she is a performance artist.  She has chosen to make albums, often of her live performances, as a way to present her work.  And many of her pieces take the form of music with something resembling traditional song structure.  It’s mostly semantics, but words are important.

This piece is frighteningly prescient, and in the wake of hijacked planes being crashed into buildings, incredibly moving.  I doubt there were many dry eyes in the house that night.  “O Superman” defies most description, so I’ll just leave you with the song.  (And note that I have one more September 11 themed post coming tomorrow.)

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