“May auspiciousness be seen everywhere. May suffering belong to no one.” - David Lynch
The most talented names in music came out to honor David Lynch in support of the anniversary/fundraiser of The David Lynch Foundation. The stellar line up consisted of Lynch’s long time friend and film composer Angelo Badalamenti, Donovan, Sky Ferreira, Karen O, Lykke Li, Moby, ½ of The Flaming Lips and Duran Duran. The event was held in Downtown Los Angeles’ Theatre at the Ace Hotel.
Before getting into the incredible amount of talent that was in attendance and set to perform, let’s get into the importance of what the event was centered around, the David Lynch Foundation (DLF), itself. For those who aren’t familiar with what DLF has been doing in since 2009 in the LA community, let’s shed some light. It provides the evidence based, stress reducing Transcendental Meditation technique to underserved communities in Los Angeles. Mainly aiding with quiet time in schools, as well as homeless and military veteran support programs. Statistics show that every 12 seconds a student drops out of a school in our country, with students in underserved schools having higher rates of behavioral problems, teacher turnover and lower grade point averages. For these schools the “Quiet Time Program” uses Transcendental Meditation to foster and sustain a positive learning environment for both its students and faculty. For the homeless population in our city, the DLF partnered up with leading community organizations to help to relieve stress, overcome negative emotions and addictive behavior, essentially empowering them. In addition it helps our military veterans who suffer from PTSD, assisting in healing and reducing their stress and their families.
So what is transcendental meditation (TM) and why is it important for us as a society? The most effective answer is to quote the Mayo Clinic, “Transcendental meditation is a simple, natural technique... This form of meditation allows your body to settle into a state of profound rest and relaxation and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration or effort.” The TM technique and movement was introduced in India by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the mid-1950s, but that’s for an entirely different type of article. Now back to the show!
There was no shortage of celebrity guests in the audience or who made cameo appearances in pre-filmed shorts shown in between performances. Paul McCartney, Jerry Seinfeld and Russell Brand had some kind words recorded about Lynch and his foundation while Jim Carrey and Die Antwoord were nestled in the audience.
The music portion began with “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from the beloved cult classic “Twin Peaks” performed by original composer Angelo Badalamenti and guest Kinny Landrum. Donovan, adorned the stage, singing “Love Me Tender,” from “Wild at Heart.” Chrysta Bell belted out “Swing with Me” from her album “This Train” which Lynch produced. Though the show stopper for the night was when Rebekah Del Rio took the stage to sing “Llorando” from the movie “Mulholland Drive.” This was the moment, that we (as in the audience) froze in time, Del Rio’s powerful voice was infectious, all eyes were on her, the crowd so visibly moved gave her a standing ovation as she exited the stage. It was hard to beat that moment, though some of the artists matched that energy. Sky Ferreira delivered a beautiful rendition of “Blue Velvet.” The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Karen O, sang Pinky’s Dream (she can never do wrong in my eyes, always fabulous and fun.) Lykke Li came covered and nailed Chris Issak’s “Wicked Game.” And here is when the energy was matched...
Exceeding all expectations was none other than, Moby with Mindy Jones as his female vocal lead for a two-song set. Beginning with “GO,” the entire vibe transformed as the audience was brought to their feet, as Moby dominated the conga drums, the energy pulsated through the room and we were ready to party. I can’t say more than that except you had to be there to understand.
Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips performed “Soundscapes from Eraserhead” using their iPhone recordings of construction noise from earlier that morning and a futuristic light sensor insect machine. Followed by Zola Jesus and Duran Duran singing “In Heaven.”
Duran Duran closed the show singing their classic ballad “Ordinary World” and then a delightful surprise, (moment 3 of matching that energy) ended the show with “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Now lets put this in perspective, seeing Duran Duran perform in a venue that sits a little over 1000 people while in front, listening to a song that we grew up with, (for those of us that can remember when MTV showed videos,) can really make anyone feel grateful to be in the company of such influential creatives with such prolific global impact in today’s society. ul>
David Lynch ended the night with a beautiful and “Lynchian” like poem: “May auspiciousness be seen everywhere. May suffering belong to no one.”