4+1 ways to boggle your brain!

[Meta Method 1, Part 1] First, fall in love with this exact version of Andrew Bird’s Tables and Chairs, and listen to it at least once per week for a decade (give or take one year):

[Method 2] All the while, contemplate its lyrics, wondering in particular whether he is painting a picture of a utopian or dystopian future*… and in either case,

[Method 3] ask yourself both what this perspective might reveal about your professional calling’s current overlap with the FinTech industry, and finally,

[Method 4] debate whether either of the above matter in the short term, if at all.

[Meta Method 1, Part 2] Then, watch this video of him playing the same song (while marveling again at both his incredible talent AND how privileged we are to witness live performances):

This concert recording does justice to Andrew Bird’s skills with both amazing video AND sound quality, so check out the whole thing if you’re so inclined!

*Bonus Method! I experience a similar challenge with / appreciation for the Talking Heads song (Nothing but) Flowers; are they decrying the trajectory we’re on (ie, let’s just pave everything!), or are they making fun of those of us who would work toward a different outcome? Does it matter when it sounds so good?

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