Friday, February 20, 2009

Mad World



Some time back, friend 'Snake used this song as an anthem for my blog. To be honest, I loved it, for I am a huge fan of the Donnie Darko score. And it's a perceptive pick on his part (even if I prefer the cover version over the original).

When Gears of War used the same song for their adverts (above), well, I was as close to music-geek-gasm as I ever get. (It's also a convenient way for me to include the song in this post.)

For me, the beautiful thing about music is how you can use it to describe or to express your emotional state, without using words or gestures. It can communicate emotions more clearly than simple language. As a movie, Donnie Darko contains a lot of melancholy and its music expresses that emotion to me. I listen to it when I'm depressed or feeling blue.

I also find it interesting how our emotional responses to certain songs can change, based on our experience. For example, JP introduced me to the film Chocolat while we were first dating. I loved the movie and listening to the soundtrack became a way for me to express my feelings for JP. The movie had been a shared experience and Rachel Portman's score to the movie because a way for me to repeat that experience, if only in my imagination.

When we separated a couple of years ago, I found I couldn't listen to the Chocolat score without a perfectly understandable emotional reaction. I would instantly tear up and become depressed for hours, if not days. When we reconciled, it was easier to listen to, but even now, there's a tinge of, um..."experience" when it plays, much like a scar.

Pan's Labyrinth is one of the few movies I've watched by myself and I was bawling at the end of it. (I'm such a sucker for that sort of ending.) The theme music taps into that experience for me and brings tears by the end of the first eight notes.

I love listening to music and I usually do it privately. I'm perfectly aware that I have eclectic tastes in music and I don't like to inflict them on others. I wear headphones when I'm listening to my iPod or my Zune. (Yes, I have both and love them both, for different reasons. That's a story for another post.)

Want to know what's going on for a person? Take a peek at the playlist on their iPod, Zune, iRiver, or whatever device they're listening to.

--f

2 Comments:

Blogger JP/deb said...

Dear F ...

Yes, it can be a mad world, but also a rich, kalaidoscope of experience and emotion. We've been through a lot ...

Love,
JP

9:36 PM  
Blogger Shaz said...

I love this song it is so haunting.
I cant wait to hear your music actually as from what I know, I will love it. SCaRY HUHhh

1:53 PM  

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