A Quick [Blast] of Melancholy

Woe is [everybody].Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting, but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, people of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy. But the world as it stands is no narrow illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it, forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it. –Henry James

And now I am thinking of Arvo Pärt. For those who do not know, Arvo Pärt is non-poseur dirge music; modern Ulver meets European renaissance chamber music. That’s almost not a comparison, considering said chamber music influenced AP and AP influenced Ulver. I am so much more down with this brand of melancholy than typical funeral doom/drone. Put that in your (water)pipe and smoke it!

For those who care:


Arvo Pärt’s “Pari Intervallo” on accordian(!) by Francesco Palazzo

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~ by chaosrexmachinae on April 2, 2009.

One Response to “A Quick [Blast] of Melancholy”

  1. […] like that Henry James quote from before: Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting, but rare; goodness […]

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