Chris Uggen's Blog: wayne coyne's commencement address

Thursday, May 25, 2006

wayne coyne's commencement address

wayne coyne, the flamingest lip, delivered the commencement address at his old high school this year in oklahoma city. if you have 12 minutes to spare, you might enjoy watching mr. coyne's speech. youtube gives us part one and part two.

i took notes in the beginning. as is customary with the lips, however, i became pleasantly disoriented, stopped thinking, and just enjoyed the show.

my name is .... wayne and i've been a part of the local rock group the flaming lips for going on 23 years now...

i am not technically a high school graduate myself...

it is well documented that i worked at long john silver's and sold pot out of my apartment...

instead of becoming a drug dealer, i began to pursue art and music and discovered something that i really, really love...

the students who asked me to speak here today have not made a mistake...

an accumulation of what i have been doing has made me after all these years what i become...

we are not what we dream, we are what we do. all we have is action and we can only learn from experience. so if we can only learn from experience, what use is all this knowledge? knowledge tells us what to think and when we know what to think we take the first step toward knowing what to do...doing and thinking leads to learning...

we do not know what we will become. we can control what we do...

fresh human urine...

like throwing a hot dog to stop a tornado...

to understand and to be understood is to be free... [daniel johnston]

the lips touch down at the minnesota state fair this august 24. along with the usual confetti and animal costumes, mr. coyne's set design gives the band a spaceship and the audience a multitude of lasers. this is gonna go great with my cheese curds.

1 Comments:

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Brayden said...

The Flaming Lips are a must see concert. I saw them when they were on tour with Beck a couple of years ago. During the concert I was hugged by a large pink rabbit before she went on stage to dance with the Lips.

 

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