Notes on culture

Sad songs (Notes on Culture I)

A cursory examination of the landscape of sad songs suggest that they fall into a number of categories: break up songs, songs about missing someone, songs about falling apart — but the best ones probably mix all of these different categories and are about the sudden loss of meaning. Think of “Disintegration” by The Cure, and its despair: […]But I never said I would stay to the end I knew I would leave you and fame isn’t everything Screaming like this in the hope of sincerity Screaming it’s over and over and over I leave you with photographs, pictures of trickery Stains on the carpet and stains on the memory Songs about happiness murmured in dreams When we both of us knew how the end always is How the end always is How the end always is How the end always is How the end always is How the end always is A good sad song allows for the complete collapse of concepts and truths around us, and captures that feeling of semantic uncertainty, our inability to assign meaning to what is happening, our lack of pattern. There is something there – the lack of patterns, the inability to make sense of the world, and the feeling that meaning is seeping away. I think one of the best examples of this feel in general – a kind of Weltschmerz –┬áis Nine Inch Nails “Right Where It Belongs”. Here the world is slipping away, the interpretations like claws on a smooth…

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