THIS SONG CHANGED MY LIFE
CLAIRE DICKSON ON LAURIE ANDERSON’S “O SUPERMAN”
by Claire Dickson
“I figure this is what it would sound like to listen in on my thoughts.”
My gut reaction when I first listened to Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” last summer had a ripple effect on the way I was thinking about music at that time. I find that this kind of abstract lyricism and message is underrepresented in vocal music. Using unconventional sounds, surreal lyrical content, and not shying away from the absurd, I hear Anderson sharing a genuine version of herself, inspiring me to do the same.