ABC: Music (2011) – V

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.

V: Venus in Furs (Velvet Underground)
The first time I heard Venus in Furs by the Velvet Underground I was completely swept off my feet. The psychedelic and enchanting melody turned my idea of music inside out and upside down. I listened to it again (something I rarely do) just to make sure I had heard it correctly.

Only after some numerous plays I started to pay attention to the lyrics. I had caught some words during previous listens, but it hadn’t really worked its way into my brain. The name of Severin especially made me think. Around the time I started to notice the lyrics I was also taking part in a course about psychoanalyses in cinema. One of the movies we discussed was the French movie Belle de Jour by Luis Buñuel (1967). The main character was called Severin (Séverine) too and so a full circle seemed to enclose in front of my eyes. It seemed like everything was connected: not only the names but also the themes and the atmosphere that was breathed by both of them. It felt like they were connected, as if there was a secret connection between them. Only later I learned that both were inspired by a different book and not so much by each other.


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