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Music As Paintings of the Universe

Sounds exist all around us, raw and unrefined like short splatterings of color against a gray canvas. As a painter masterfully combines and organizes color into a work of visual art, so does a musician string and sustain sounds into a coherent, melodious piece. It is the voice of God, I believe. It surrounds us in waves, and penetrates our ears into our thoughts and into our very souls.

“The artist, his function is the mythologization of the environment and the world, people particularly gifted, whose ears are open to the song of the universe.” -Joseph Campbell

One of my favorite attributes of a song is atmosphere. I’ve long realized that the general public subconsciously shows little regard for carefully crafted lyrics, placing a greater emphasis on how a song makes them feel, with quality lyrics as a secondary (albeit still important) characteristic. This is evidenced by the public prevalence of pop fodder with a dance backbeat and gibberish for lyrics, not without help from corporate record labels. But when a song can exhibit great atmosphere and lyrical sensibilities, it becomes something more than a simple song. It elevates itself in both our bodies and minds. It becomes an experience.

In no particular order:

and my favorite song of all time…


I’ve always had the idea for a concept album that separated itself into “day songs” and “night songs,” where the former included organic, cheerful music and the latter consisted of more electronic, darker songs. Finally, I scrapped together some tunes (mostly from the 90s) into a playlist suitable for sweeping the streets at night…


The End Is The Beginning Is The End – The Smashing Pumpkins

Ava Adore – The Smashing Pumpkins

Eye – The Smashing Pumpkins

The Everlasting Gaze – The Smashing Pumpkins

Closer – Nine Inch Nails

Temptation Waits – Garbage

Push It – Garbage

The Trick Is To Keep Breathing – Garbage

You Look So Fine – Garbage

All Mine – Portishead

Undenied – Portishead

Army Of Me – Bjork

Bachelorette – Bjork

Play Dead – Bjork

All is Full of Love – Bjork

What Me Worry – St. Vincent

All My Stars Aligned – St. Vincent

I included the last two songs as a contrast to the previous tracks, a much more pleasant end to a series of melancholy moods.