Thursday, 25 September 2008


Music is my great love, always has been. So I'm going to mention some of my favourites here from time to time.

Recently, Black Hockey Jesus played a best & worst game on his blog (which, sadly, doesn't exist anymore), asking for the best and worst song "in the history of civilisation". (Music lovers are like this - always excessive when it comes to the appreciation of music.)
Of course I was tempted to play and in that moment (because there are so many songs that might go for a "best" that this could only be a transient thing) I thought of Radiohead and Thom Yorke finally deciding for The Clock.

Radiohead has fascinated me since OK Computer came out in 1997. I like their music and the weltschmerz expressed by Thom Yorke's voice touches me very deeply. It must have some weird connection to that sea of sadness within me that I'm sometimes in touch with. When I am in a firm mental state (and I'm grateful to say that this happens a lot), I can even enjoy this connection. It is safe.
(If I'm not, I'd rather not listen to most of the music I like...)

"People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands—literally thousands—of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss. The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don’t know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they’ve been listening to the sad songs longer than they’ve been living the unhappy lives.”
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

As I was looking for this citation in the internet (I was too lazy typing it from the book), I found it in an article about - Radiohead.

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