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Enjoy the Silence

Posted on 2018.04.08 at 23:20
The icon of this post is taken from the Death Cab for Cutie song, "Soul Meets Body," (LYRICS HERE). It's a great song from 2005, which I have used in a few meaningful mixes, and which, together with the other songs in the album, "PLANS," always makes me deeply sad, about losses in the past, most prominantly, a lost LJ friend, xdesensitizedx. "PLANS"(+ "DC Sleeps...") is so much more powerfully, yet sweetly, depressing than, "Give Up," - or, "We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes"... (See what I did there?)...  ("Soul Meets Body," happened to be played on NPR's, "World Cafe," tonight).

The title of this post is that of one of my favourite songs ever, (of which I have a lot), "Enjoy The Silence," by, Depeche Mode. The song - mainly the sound of it - is iconic in pop music. (The lyrics largely reinforce the idea that Depeche Mode was a couple of guys who had a Jesus complex and a bit of pedophilia). It also brings back my last hopes for recovery and a new life, when I drove around during the Cafe Saga days of the early/mid 2000's, with it and other great songs blasting ut my windows. I enjoyed it while it lasted but it only hurts to remember...

It is strange that, as I looked up the lyrics for the song above, the website listed S&G's, "The Sound of Silence," as it's most popular song at the moment. This is also odd because today, I was researching pop music, and saw that this G&F song came at an interesting time in history - but I'll have to post about all that later. I am really pushing my beleaguered brain right now. Fortunately, there really hasn't been any insane noise coming from the psycho below, and I am enjoying that as much as I am capable of enjoying anything at the moment.

I noticed a movie poster on Friday - (Friday was the first time I have been able to go out for three weeks - and now I am paying dearly for it, as all these insults from illness are cumulative in effect). The poster named John Krasinski and (wife) Emily Blunt - great - but it was a horror film (wut?!) and so I wasn't too interested. But now it seems that this movie, "A Quiet Place," might be worth seeing - especially given the fair acclaim. Something of a Sci-Fi film, thin-skinned aliens take over, and so everyone has to be reeely quiet!

Krasinski says there is an underlying theme about parenting, in this film about being on edge, or something.... But I think he accidentally hit upon some themes dominating our present paltry age. For one thing, we are all getting more and more disinclined from speaking up about injustice, or about true fake news, or about wars, or about unpopular ideas, like on FB, or what have you. We are all so... pretty, and so... liberated, yet none of us can open a mouth to shout about what is tearing us all up inside. We are all going batshit crazy from pollution and WiFi waves and social media and Big Brother, and yet we are all pretending to be allied with the Thought Police, each on a jump-the-gun crusade to shut any other apparent provocateur THE HELL UP.

I think "Ground Zero" had something related to this.... probably 4/4 and/or 4/5.

But then, this movie also represents to me a theme about my own experiences through the last 5 years in this crazy town and apartment, where I have had to endure regular, deliberate banging and other noise abuses from tenants below - making me seriously ill and sometimes close to death. This lead into my drinking once a week just to calm my anxiety - but the drinking has added to my illness. Anyway, the point is that I lived my life, especially in the earlier days, like the Tom Cruz father and his Dakota Fanning daughter, cowering tenaciously in mortal fear, beneath the stairs, and in other corners of the basement, whilst the creepy big ALIENS lurked about looking for them and their slightest noises, ready to zap them or tap their blood or what have you.

Living that way - like Anne Frank and her family in an Amsterdam attic - is rotten to the soul, and strangles the very life out of a person. Symbolically, it is what we are becoming. But, in reality, it is what is REALLY happening to marginalised people such as me, the disabled, the poor, the local minority, the politically incorrect, and so on - to virtually EVERYONE so vulnerably rendered - because all of society is falling upon the disadvantaged - or those it can delight in making disadvantaged. It is a big, massive game - a big helter-skelter noise of mass crucifixion through a thousand upon a thousand cuts. So, you say, "Enjoy the silence," we really, really would, when and if we ever could. If we could get out from under it long enough just to live.

And this is what probably makes the horror of the movie. This is the secret theme - the dirty little social secret - hiding behind fake visages of social media - along with all the petty pilfering and meta-analysis going on there.... Just imagine those "aliens" as various real entities in our world: as bully neighbours; as politicians; as Big Brother; as social media or its moguls; as familiar dysfunctions; as wars on terror or drugs, etc.

And so my feeling is that I will see this movie as something of a parable, albeit inadvertent, about the sins of our time - similar to, "Mother!"

Hey - so I was reading about this movie on the Wiki page, and at the bottom, it said, See also:  "Hush" (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), an episode of the TV series almost completely devoid of speech...

"Hush" was a Buffy episode which Ashley once illegally burnt onto a DVD for me - along with, "Buffy, The Musical."  Oddly, both were mentioned in NPR shows just today.  Strange.  And I'll say that it is probe-able that Ashley herself might have made the entry on the Wiki page - who knows.  We all have our little things.  Goodnight.

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