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Wednesday, January 07, 2004  
I Am Human And I Need To Be Loved
Via Chicago's description reads thus;

What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

Simple solution. Stop listening to music that makes you feel miserable. No one needs to feel miserable, and the fact that some people (I'm not saying Mr Via Chicago is or does) almost approach life as if they're obligated to be dour or melancholy (which is not the same as depressed where depressed = a clinical condition) frankly a; mystifies me and b; pisses me off slightly. Why? Because I used to feel obligated to be melancholy and now I do not, possibly.

Sub-question; are the makers of melancholy music necessarily melancholy themselves? I doubt that Jeff Tweedy spends that much of his time crying into his bourbon.


1/07/2004 10:29:00 am


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