Wednesday, July 27, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge - Day 07: A Song That Reminds You Of A Certain Event

Client's "Radio", released in 2004, takes me back a few years earlier to a time when there was no music on the radio.
We begin the song with the vocalist in such a state that she “can’t be bothered to try to survive” because television news informs her of a world that is entirely a mess. There are no signs of light and she has no hope for comfort when even the solace found in workings of a great song is missing because there is no music on the radio. All this brings to mind the immediate aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks and emotional numbness of those, such as myself, who experienced the events of the day through a repeating media filter and directly echoes the experience of those who looked to music as source of consolation but could not find it on most US radio stations as many stopped playing music temporarily instead broadcasting news. It is remarkable, given that the lyrical content, that the song is not a dirge but the apparent contradiction between the music and the lyrics gives the song a more hopeful message that makes it even more effective emotionally.
(excerpt from an old review)

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