Friday, October 31, 2008

[disturbing music] and the nature of coincidence

Shows we have to be careful what we say on our blogs and need to do a bit of checking. I dropped in a throwaway line:

Still, I was glad I didn't come last.

... about the 2007 Weblog Awards, thinking, in the back of my mind, that it was some girl blogger who was in there. Oops - it was a long time blog colleague Steve, the Pub Philosopher and I have to say he was pretty good about it but I'm still kicking myself for having written it.

Which brings me to the point I made at his place about "coincidences" which might not be coincidences at all. You see, I was playing a mournful ditty called "Indifference":

... a French accordion thing possibly played in an out of the way French cafe during the last war. It sounds to me like an attempt to be cheerful at a stressful time one evening in a place quite foreign to my eyes and yet reeking of exotic despair at the same time, a la Piaf.

A haunting, unimportant little piece which gives me the shudders and I don't know why.

With these thoughts in mind, it struck me that it might be an idea to do a post on, say, "Music which can move you to tears but it sometimes has the opposite effect too." Then I noticed that the post on awards had a comment and ... of course, it was Steve. So I followed the link back and there was his musical post.

Why does some music move us and some just unnerves us? "Indifference" is a depressing ditty for me, something foreign, rendolent of an empty late-night bar, as cold as the coming new dark age , a song about the pointlessness of it all. It makes me restless, wanting to go over there again and immerse myself in that despair. Yes ... well ... anyway.

Bet it affects you [or not] completely differently. Maybe you'd care to mention some ditties which have a profound effect on you.

1 comment:


Great post James. To be so moved by music shows you're a romantic. Not that we didn't all ready know that. :)

To me , music is like photographs.
It instantly takes me back in time to life events...
When I was 7 I fell in love with the song'The NIght They Drove Old Dixie Down' and I am back in my Mother's farm kitchen in the middle of winter.
Radio Ga-Ga, by Queen, transports me back to driving around in the black van on my first love when I was 18.
I think the song that moves me the most though is Amazinbg Grace, because of the real story behind it, as explained to me by an old vicar who was a patient of mine many years ago.

It is rare that a day goes by that I don't listen to some music, for I could not live without music.

Music, film and books- the three must haves in my life.