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Tinsel, Lights and Songs to Hum

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“You stare, seeing yet not

but feeling all the same.

And the streets are lined with tinsel and lights,

the beating of a drum running in your veins.

What a time to be alive,

When your soul is slowly reined.”

So this month has gone by in a whirlwind and with it came tidings both good and bad. Mostly an internalized juxtaposition but projected nonetheless in less than elegant means. If there is such a thing as a quarter life crisis, rest assured that is what I’m going through. Too many questions about the future are making my head ache.

Nonetheless, here’s some music to ride the wave, if like me, you chose to use music as salvation from what can be best described as a monotonous routine. You’ll find it just as jumbled of a mess as my thoughts, I suppose.

  1. Alive by Sia
  2. Dance of Dragons by Ramin Djawadi
  3. Believer by American Authors
  4. Lay it All on Me by Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran
  5. Happiness by IAMX
  6. Infinity by One Direction
  7. Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez
  8. Hiding by Florence + The Machine
  9. Never One to Complain by The Night Terrors of 1927
  10. R.I.P 2 My Youth by The Neighbourhood
  11. Desire (Gryffin Remix) by Years and Years
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Sia’s Chandelier Music Video

Perhaps I’m a little late in viewing the music video for Sia’s Chandelier but after having watched it, I’m amazed at the artistry that went into it’s making, which is a rare sight in the music industry today. Pushing aside the sculpted models and crazy-hungover-parties that are a popular choice, the Chandelier music video is simple but complex on so many other levels.

It’s true…simple is complex. If you think about it, it’s very difficult to be simple since we always tend to overdo things and are not sure exactly when to stop. In today’s world, we assume that bigger and bolder is better and this music video demonstrates that that is not true at all. A simple set, a single dancer and an amazing song can speak volumes more than a video of great elaboration.

The set comprising of a stripped back home, complete with rooms and their bare essential furniture pieces complements the dark demonic nature of the dance in the video, symbolizing the despair brought on by alcoholism and drug use. This video struck me immediately and engaged my mind in a way no other video has. Dance truly is a powerful medium that I cannot perform but certainly can appreciate.

When you’re watching the video, you understand what the interpretive dance means to convey and it’s amazing how well it goes with the emotion in Sia’s voice as she sings.

I’ve always maintained that music is rhythmic poetry and the lyrics to this song certainly are…

Party girls don’t get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn?
I push it down, push it down

I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink

Throw ’em back ’til I lose count

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

In the end, the best way I can describe the Chandelier video is visual literature.