Driving home one day, the Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” came on the radio. I was, for once, alone in the car and able to blast the song like a teenager. The sun was out, the road windy and free of traffic, and I fell into the music. It was a momentary trance that left me in awe. And it made me wonder if the band, which released its first album three decades ago, knows that people, especially those of us who grew up on their songs, are still moved by them.
With founding members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth living in Fairfield, we scooted up as innocently as we could and asked them: What’s it like being called America’s Best Band by Rolling Stone? How did it end with singer David Byrne? Were you nervous to give your subsequent group, Tom Tom Club, such a new sound? And are you at home as married folks in the Connecticut suburbs, away from the years of CBGB’s and the Ramones, or do you have How Did I Get Here awakenings?
Our writer, Christy Colasurdo, phoned after the interview and called the duo “friendly, down to earth, and true Rock Royalty.” That’s exactly what I was hoping for.
Chris and Tina live here for the same reason everyone else here does: It’s fantastic. Our community is flush with beaches and rivers, parks and trails, art festivals and night life. And a good coffeehouse or two. We know we have it very nice.
In fact, a few years ago the editors here finally realized that it was rightfully boastful to publish an annual “Best Of ” issue — devoted to the best things about living here. This year we received truckloads of replies to our questionnaire about top fitness clubs, women’s fashion, live music, and the like. There we were, wading knee-deep in response cards, until we wrangled them into tidy rows and columns and finally starred the winners (turn to page 65)?.
And since your affirmation of our efforts is a sweet golden honey drop to us, we can’t wait for your reaction. Send in your letters and let us know if your neighbors, and we editors, got it right … or not. We like to think of ourselves as champions of this area, your one-stop authority on the Fairfield County Lifestyle, but we’re also prepared to take our licks when we miss the mark (or overlook your gem). If so, we’ll check out your hot spot for a great French manicure or a thin-crust pizza and set things straight next time around.
Until then, celebrate our winners now! Join us at the Greenwich Hyatt for our Best Of the Gold Coast Connecticut party on Wednesday, August 8, 6 p.m.
Order tickets online at www.bestofgoldcoastct.com or call 203-571-1615. We have invited the best in services, shops and entertainment throughout Fairfield County— and lots of live music.
See you there!