Sometimes I put really dark and depressing music on because, paradoxically, it cheers me up.
There has been some commenting/observation that this blog may be making some of you cynical. I’m genuinely not sure how I feel about that; the reason I got started doing this was because I wanted to see if I could write under pressure, and I felt I had a “take” on certain things that I wanted to expose to others for feedback and discussion. My original view for this blog was that it would be like a sort of moderated dinner conversation – you know, the kind where people eat delicious food and drink fine wine while talking about the suffering of the starving? That kind, except the guests know that – outside the concrete bunker that they’re dining in – the world is burning and they’re going to have to go outside because the outside is coming inside, ready or not.
If you want to attach some visuals to that, picture the restaurant scenes from Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (which is quite a movie) The restaurant is not in a bunker, but if you were to mentally fuse it with Dienstelle Marienthal – put the restaurant down in the underground bunker – you’d have a nuclear war with waiters. Mordecai Roshwald’s Level 7 [wc] seen from a vantage-point of mild privilege.
I need to focus a bit more on art and cheerful stuff, I suppose.
The last few days I’ve been listening to Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker on infinite repeat. [wc] It’s an amazing album; it has a sort of structural integrity you don’t get in albums very often any more. It drops with one of the most beautiful dark basslines since Careful With That Axe, Eugene [youtube – live in pompei!]
All of the lyrics and the music hang together consistently, even when he’s switching topics from a brush-by encounter with a woman he might have loved, to musing on travel as a metaphor for death in Travelling Light. It’s rare that I encounter a whole album that I completely love, anymore; the art of building whole albums seems to have died out with MTV and MP3.
Let me mention: you can even forge blades to this stuff. They just come out dressed in black and silver, with edge-patterns you can feel without touching them.
So, now, if you want the proper music for reading this blog, there it is.