David Byrne’s New Website “Reasons to Be Cheerful” Reminds Us That the World Isn’t One Giant Dumpster Fire

"I imagine, like a lot of you who look back over the past year, it often seems as if the world is going straight to Hell."

Written by Alison Nastasi

Bless your heart, David Byrne, for creating a reprieve from the madness. The artist, Talking Heads musician, avid cyclist, and all-around nice guy’s new website Reasons to Be Cheerful is a news spot and “online observatory” that won’t want to make you hurl your laptop out a window and run away screaming. (And, hey, it’s also the name of an Ian Dury song.) From Byrne:

I imagine, like a lot of you who look back over the past year, it often seems as if the world is going straight to Hell. I wake up in the morning, I look at the paper, and I say to myself, “Oh no!” Often I’m depressed for half the day. It doesn’t matter how you voted—on Brexit, the French elections or the U.S. election more than a year ago—many of us of all persuasions and party affiliations feel remarkably similar. This feeling is not confined to one side of the political spectrum.

As a kind of remedy to this, and possibly as a kind of therapy, I started collecting news that reminded me, “Hey, there’s actually some positive stuff going on!”

I will share thoughts, images and audio relating to this initiative and I’ll welcome contributions from others.

Check out a lecture with Byrne at the New School about his cheery new project, and embrace some good vibes for a little while.