Wednesday, December 06, 2006

When your heart takes over

Let's state the obvious first, as a sort of pre-requisite: there's lots of music. Lots and lots. More than you can imagine actually. About everything. Ever.

Songs about strangers on trains that we are immediately drawn to; trees and bushfires; politics and religion; glaciers and hurricanes and tragedies; tears and sadness and deaths in the family; parents that left before birth, promises that were never fulfilled; the 'what if's and 'but's and everything that could've been done differently, and everything that might never have happened, and everything that despite our prayers and wishes never did; the money lost on the bus; the gambling debts that ruined a marriage. Songs about distance and time and space and the big fuck-off "WHY?!... Why are we here? What's our purpose? Who is my God and what of my life and when was I most pure and where is hell?"

And there are a lot of songs about love. But this one. It's summed up in the words that emerge through the laughter at the end: "Oh God". It is one of the most elegant, sad, delightful little songs I have ever heard. It's poorly recorded, and it's casually performed, and it's so so unbelievably fucking heartbreakingly beautiful.

Elizabeth Frazer and Jeff Buckley

All Flowers In Time


Dan said...

Nice song, thanks.
Two of my favourite vocalists...

Midori said...

I wonder where this recording came from, do you know? I didn't realize they had recorded any music together. I wonder what the story is behind the recording. If you have any information, I'm curious, thanks.

laila said...

i love this post of yours.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for writing such beautiful words about that fantastic song. I read that last night, while listening to the song and drinking a glass of wine and it got me all teary-eyed.
Great blog :)