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Earwax II: Emotion June 11, 2006

Posted by The Truth in ClubLife Originals, Im Allgemeinen.

NOTE: This is an original unedited version of an article which is slated for publication on ClubLife. Do drop by, please (aiya, support-support a bit la) for more on the good life! Any grammatical/vocabulary errors are the author's own, and he does not accepts responsibility for it. He is abhorrentthankful for your feedback.

Have you ever been sitting at home, doing nothing, when suddenly a song comes up on the radio and before you know it you're already keeling over in tears? Or you feel like you've been struck dumb? When the tears just well up in your eyes, but you can't seem to cry them all out? Or when you just want to drive down the expressway in a convertible, with the roof down in the middle of a tropical thunderstorm?

Too much Vitamin E? Vitamin Emo, that is…

The other night, i was listening to the radio when a really emo song came up. I can't remember what it was…i think it was Stay With Me by the Shakespeare Sisters of Oz, which really torpedoed me back into Emoland. It's just the sadness of the songs, or maybe the pleading haunting voice of the singer, which got to me. It kinda takes everything out of perspective…flooding all your reason with emotion.

Don't have emo attacks? Lucky you. But maybe you're missing out. Hmmm. I'm going to let you, dear reader, decide that for yourself.

Going emo has its plus points…i mean, of course it's not healthy if you're emo 24/7…in which case you should go to a shrink… but i think it's a good mood to think about everything personal – love, your life, your friends…it's a time to mourn, a time to despair, a time to remember, and a time to celebrate. I always like to listen to emo music whenever i'm thinking of something which happened long ago – especially when i think about happier days…when everything really seemed that simple. Songs like Missing You by The Police…songs which are slow, pining and sad – i could spend a rainy Saturday night alone just listening to them and sighing.

You'll be able to find emo music from just about any point of time. Starting from the '80s, you would probably be listening to stuff like Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper…or how about that Top Gun hit by Berlin, Take My Breath Away? You could also try listening to Madonna, but the sadder songs. Not stuff like Material Girl…that's way too bubblegummy for the Emo Express. Moving on to the 90's…genderband mania for you. Boyzone. The Backsidestreet Boys. Westlife. Spice Girls. yadda, yadda. You know what i'm drifting at. Anyhoo, these boys and girls did sing a lot about love…think truckloads of heartbreak hymns and stuff like that. Viva Forever? I think i felt like weeping sometime ago when it came on the radio. Yes, i'm a wuss. Sometimes. How about I Love the Way You Love Me? There're loads of songs out there you can just listen and moan about.

There're also loads of emo tracks out there…here's every student's favourite emo track (i mean, they sing it all the time when a farewell's to be expected…) Donna Lewis and Richard Marx' At the Beginning…how about My Heart Will Go On? Céline Dion more or less immortalized herself with a song which captured the spirit of such a monumental movie, along with the hearts and spirits of millions worldwide. The dialogue version was especially captivating for me. All the hopes and dreams – an unsinkable ship – 'I'll never let go, Jack…' Or how about Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen? 'You complete me.' Another million-dollar sentence which once made millions weep…sigh. Blessid Union of Souls also has a huge load of emo tracks…think Light in Your Eyes, I Believe, and so on, and so forth. The '90s were truly a golden age for emo tracks.

I mean, come on. You can lose yourself in music like Streets of Philadelphia, Fields of Gold, You Gotta Be by Des'ree, and a whole host more. If you've ever heard of Sarah Connor, the Key to My Soul album is pretty emo too. There's a song called Daddy's Eyes, when she sings about a child in her tum-tum…very very touching…(question: do women just know if they're pregnant? I know it sounds absurd but…do they have some kind of intuition?)

Emotion. Indeed…for anything, anytime. So stand in the rain (don't forget an umbrella or a rainjacket) with your waterproof iPod and just go emotional.



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