“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.
And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you”.
The first blogpost of 2016 somehow makes the liaison between several aspects: past and present, music and attitude, different musical styles.
You will watch Creep performed by Thom Yorke of Radiohead. This is alternative rock. And it is performed in falsetto, giving to the entire performance an eerie feeling. I would compare the voice of Thom Yorke to the struggle of a bird trying to fly but failing every time: the song seems to never be “accomplished”, be given a “final conclusion”. To my ear, this is similar to baroque music which, with the use of harpsichord and other epoch instruments, tends to create the same discordant sound, requiring previous experience with the genre for a satisfactory understanding.
Another interesting fact is the attitude of the singer: trance-like behavior, carelessness, seems to say that nothing really matters to him. I have to emphasize that the video must be watched in HD and with high-quality headphones, otherwise it’s a total mess. I chose the live performance because you can witness the actual struggle to perform, and the complexity of, falsetto. But you can equally search for the official video, which is, however, less emotional.
As a typical rock piece, Creep asks tough philosophical questions like “What the hell am I doing here?” and expresses psychological issues “I don’t belong here”, “I want to have control” or “I want a perfect body, I want a perfect soul”. Due to the generality of the text, the song covers a wide experiential area – everyone can find in it something similar to one’s life.
In the end, I said that this post links the past with the present, creating a necessary coherence. It is however something personal that only few could possibly understand. It’s about “being special” and “being special for someone else”. It’s about “running out” of time, life and love. And it’s about the story of an angel and a weirdo.