I won't claim to have been a *huge* R.E.M. fan - I never saw them play live, and I was never that big a fan of some of their biggest radio hits, but I really love a lot of their music, and a few of their discs are prominent in my iPod's rotation. I'll put "Automatic for the People" on my list of ten CD's to take to a desert island, and "Everybody Hurts" was a real comfort to me during a very painful time.
I particularly like Michael Stipe's quote:
"A wise man once said--'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it."I think that's right - there *is* wisdom in knowing when it's time to move on from something that's no longer working, no matter how good it was in the past. It's also one of the most difficult things - at least for me.
Since it's Saturday, that means "dash of happy", and I'll have to go with an R.E.M. song today. Here's "Finest Worksong", which never fails to get me tapping my foot - and maybe even playing a little air guitar along with it.