PHOTO by DOUGLAS HARPER
A few days ago, I revisited a dark comedy from the 80’s: ” After Hours”. After a night gone completely wrong, the lead man is slow dancing with a sad, weary lady to the song ” Is that all there is?”
This song has stuck in my head as an ear-worm, for several days now. It has catchy orchestration, clever use of brass, and supreme starkness. It was sung by Peggy Lee,but it could have been Kurt Weill/ Lotte Lenya. It is stark, melancholic, and bereft of any hope for the future.
The depth of the emptiness is startling, and really growing on me. I am thinking this is potentially even more dangerous than violent music, because of the way it eats at my mind.
Negative thoughts creep in, unannounced, and set up residency. I need it to leave. Out, out, damned sound!
Time for the cure: “the boys of Summer” ( by the Porrka Playboys) followed by Claude Debussy’s ” La Reviere” Herbie Hancock/Wayne Shorter’s ” Aung Sun Su Chi”, and Pharoah Sanders ” love is everywhere” . And/ or so many others. What music do you listen to drive away earworms?