ABC: Music (2011) – G

Music is very important to me. I like to surround myself with music throughout the day: when I wake up; when I’m on the road; when I’m eating; when friends are visiting; when I feel sad; when I feel happy. No moment is truly experienced without a certain ‘soundtrack’ to accompany it.
I can get quite attached to a song which creates two distinguished consequences:

1- I find it very difficult to share, for I consider it my song. As soon as others start to play the song the love can extinguished quite easily. Only the very best survive this challenge.
2- The song will be played over and over again until it has completely integrated with a certain moment in time. So the next time I hear it again it will take me back to that specific moment.

I try to learn myself that ‘not sharing the music’ is relentlessly selfish and very much not the point of what music is about. Music is about sharing and bringing people together. So therefore I decided to make a tribute to all the music that is or has been important to me. Hopefully it will inspire others to share their own personal music alphabet and to explore the musical sights that were off their map before.

G: Gobbledigook (Sigur Rós)
I find it remarkable that a small island in the cold north of the Atlantic Ocean brings forth so many talented musicians. Iceland has a little over three hundred thousand inhabitants but a lot of them gained fame outside their borders. One of them is the band Sigur Rós. Maybe it is exactly the cold weather, lonesome solitude and inspiring scenery that give rise to the writing and creating of music. You can almost hear the volcanos breathe fumes of ash and the geysers twinkle in the cold winter sun in Sigur Rós’s Gobbledigook (or is it my romantic ear that deceives me?).

First I wasn’t sure whether to post their video clip – overloaded with naked people – on my blog but then again we all might be a little too tabooed about exposed human skin. Last year I did a course on ‘nude’ art, where they explicitly told me that there was a difference between the nude we saw in Rembrandt and Titian and the naked you can see in –ohm, let’s call it: pop culture. Nude is an art form, that what is naked is not. But is there really any difference? Does an esthetical stamp magically transform the human body in something beyond that? I guess these are the big questions of art in general, cause what makes art into art? When can you call it art and when is it nothing more than a hump of clay or a line on a piece of paper?

The fact is that a music video like this can make you wonder and can make you think. It might even shock you and isn’t that after all what art is about: making you reflect on life; facing you with the way things are or with other possibilities? I don’t believe popular culture is nothing more than a low cultural form or just entertainment for the masses. Pop culture can be a form of art, because it makes us think. You may draw your own conclusion for I did include the music video but let’s not forget to listen and enjoy the music, for it is amazing:


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