Monday, April 14, 2008

One of my all-time favorite songs

I have decided to write about music when the mood strikes me. It just so happens I am currently in the mood. When thinking about what to write about, I had no idea where to start. So I decided to start at the top, with my favorite songs.
The song, I am writing about (and which I have posted a video of) is by a band called Sigur ros. They are from Iceland and they (hands down) write some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard in my entire life. A lot of people complain because they can't understand what they are saying, but it doesn't matter. I like to imagine its what I'll hear as I'm entering heaven, and a chorus of angels is singing to me in a language I cannot understand. Sometimes it is better not to know what something means, because then it could mean ANYTHING. Your mind has the freedom to imagine that whatever is being said could apply to whatever you're going through in your life. This particular song is from an album that is titled ( ). Thats right. ( ). Its called "Untitled", as nothing except the bands name was written on the album. The album art was an amalgamation of white shapes, but none of them were clear enough shapes to be anything. It was almost as if Sigur ros was trying to differentiate themselves from the Beatles by saying, "this is not the white album", "this is the untitled album". Sigur ros also went as far as to not titling any of their songs. There are 8 songs on the album and each song is just referred to as "Untitled #1", "Untitled #2" and so on. This song is "Untitled #4", however someone along the way called it, Njosnavelin, or The Nothing Song, so it is now referred to as all three names. The song is so gentle, like it could break like a piece of glass. I put it on a mix of songs I made to help me go to sleep a few years ago as the starting song to the mix. No matter how tired I was, I could never fall asleep during the song. Even though I've probably heard it at least 50 times, it never ceases to entrance me with its elegiac sound. In this video, look for the lead singer to start using the bow on his guitar. It makes an amazing transcendent sound that almost makes you believe that you're being translated into heaven. (The cd that the host holds up is the not the right cd. Somebody must have given him their previous album instead of their current album (at least current at the time) with the song that they play on it).

4 comments:

gilbert girl said...

i love it. for some reason it reminds me of lord of the rings.

Stace-Ghost said...

I also love this song, It is so beautiful and it always relaxes me.

Delirious said...

I was kind of dopey and when you mentioned the name of the band, I didn't see you had the video on here, so stopped reading and went to youtube to listen. I think I liked some of those other songs better. It's almost haunting, but it's beautiful

Nene said...

I liked it. I wished I knew what they were saying though. I kind of imagined they were saying, "It's all right". Cool song.