Thursday, October 14, 2010

i see a train.

I've always wanted to start a music blog. My friend Maclean did so this week. He's entitled it "Audio Flag," and you can find it

Here are the reasons why I have yet to start a music blog:

a. I do not doubt my excellent taste is music, but I do doubt my ability to offer interesting .. insightful .. novel commentary.
b. I fear my inevitable inconsistency in posting.

Reasons why I SHOULD have a music blog:

a. People frequently ask me to make them a mix . . and a music blog is sorta a good substitute. Kinda? Just go with it.
b. It would be a good outlet for my constant desire to talk about music.

That being said, I don't have plans to start a music blog. I do, however, have plans to post about music on this [seasoned] blog whenever I so desire.

And today..I so desire.

Do you ever have moments when the perfect song comes on? It resonates within you in that moment. It could play at another time, in another setting.. and it might not resonate to the same extent. Or at all.

Of course you've had those moments. I'm sure of it, whether you're a self-proclaimed music lover or not.

I often have these moments of auditory magic early in the morning. Or late at night. When, as far as I can tell, I'm the only person on earth. Or on roadtrips, when everything is a million miles away.

But today, it's mid-morning. I'm at work. With pre-schoolers yelling across the hall, and a dirty tupperware container within my peripheral. But this song removed me from the chaos for 8 minutes and 40 seconds.

Enough preface..the song is:

"Se Lest," by Sigur Ros.

Sigur Ros's rockumentary, Heima, definitely attributes to the fact that this song stabs me in the heart. I picture the ethereal Icelandic landscapes and the Nordic families in their scarves and hats.

Regardless of whether or not you've seen Heima, know anything about Iceland, or have an affinity for Jonsi Birgisson's matchless falsetto, "Se Lest" will take you to another place. If you let it. (see: ifyoulookbeyondthesoundsoftop40music)

"Se Lest" is from the album "Takk..." released in 2005. The lyrics on the album were written in both Icelandic and in a made-up language called "Hopelandic." The title of this particular song translates into "I See a Train," but the song as a whole has no literal translation.

So it's up to you, listener, to take in the words (or non-words), the melodies, the xylophone, the strings... and interpet it on your own.

1 comment:

  1. Yesss!!!
    I definitely think you should write a music blog, it doesn't have to be amazing, but just as long as you post rad music! :)

    Here's mine I'm attempting to start up: