Two Songs

I, like many people, often relate to certain emotions through music; not playing it, mind you. That’s a skill that missed me. These two tracks are the two that resonate most deeply for me. The first deals with issues like depression, alienation and sexuality (in my interpretation, at least); that would be The Smiths’ “There is a Light That Never Goes Out:  It encapsulates the fear and anxiety of a young gay person, wondering whether or not to ask the question. It also — as the title indicates — says that it’s always okay to hope, to show and seek an affirming flame.

The second has been my favorite track since I first heard it in 2003. It strikes similar notes as “There is a Light..” regarding hope and alienation. Yet, it adds the feeling of not having a home to miss, lost without a compass or map, adrift only with yourself and a naive melody. That, of course, is Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody).”

There are many other tracks that strike an emotional chord for me, but those two have been guideposts on my winding way. “This Must Be the Place” reminds me that I’ve yet to find home; “There is a Light…” reminds me that it’s there to be found.

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~ by Benji on 2 January 2016.

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