We look before and after,
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
– Percy Bysshe Shelley
These lines from ‘To a Skylark’ are some of my favorites lines in English Literature. In very simple words the poet explains the complexity of the human mind: we are never truly happy but then again in moments of sadness we somehow find comfort…
I came across the song Ekki múkk by the Icelandic rock band, Sigur Rós, while checking a YouTube video about Facebook Graph- a new feature on Facebook. Facebook Graph turned out to be quite unimpressive if you ask me but the background score made me sit through the whole video and I just knew I had to Shazam it.
On finding the song, I played it on repeat the whole day.
I don’t want to look up the lyrics. The tune makes me immensely nostalgic and brings about a strange sweet-sad-feeling and I don’t want to read anything that might change this perception. The vocals and the melody make this sad feeling beautiful. ” Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought”.
The video below is not the official video of the song but was adopted to tell a short story- which is equally beautiful. The video is so deep that it deserves a post of it’s own. Like one of the viewers commented, the video is dedicated “To those we have carried, To those who have carried us, And to all those we have lost on the way.”
Here’s the link to listen to the song uninterrupted – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INWZy3-Vw80
The tune build up very slowly so be patient and keep listening… I hope you enjoy the music (and the emotions that follow) as much as I did.