SONG: King of Birds by R.E.M. | ARTIST: Brian Steely
Brian Steely — I grew up listening to R.E.M. in their earlier years. I think this song is probably about Isaac Newton, but to me, it’s a song about the difficulty of finding your own ‘voice’ as an artist, because we’re all ‘standing on the shoulders of giants,’ which is to say, our perspectives are formed by the fact that we’re lifted up by these monuments to the past, these influences of ours, and so what is truly ‘ours’?