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In Topic: Desperate Men Go Blind Over Average Looking Woman...

Yesterday, 05:35 PM

The video is getting attention:





In Topic: Desperate Men Go Blind Over Average Looking Woman...

30 October 2014 - 11:24 PM

She'd have a big future if they still made silent movies.

In Topic: I Wanna Talk About Me

29 October 2014 - 02:55 PM

I Gotta Be Me and The Greatest Love of All, both available on YouTube, come to mind.

In Topic: Best Songs for Crying

29 October 2014 - 10:44 AM

Three for me, too (for autobiographical reasons that need not concern us here):




The third is not a song strictly speaking, though the melody that emerges on top of the accompaniment is a hymn (making it relevant to the current religious music thread):


In Topic: Religious music does weird things to me

29 October 2014 - 10:36 AM

Music's special power is that it goes straight to the emotions, not mediated by concrete imagery as literature and the visual arts are.  Any didactic message in the lyrics or in the program notes is even further from its artistic effect.  (What about non-representational painting? someone will ask.  A Randian answer I think would be that this is not the way our sense of sight works.  It needs images of entities, not sense qualities, as our hearing does not.)


On top of this, the power of great art in any medium is that it can sell us, at least temporarily, on its sense of life.  I don't really feel about the world the way Aeschylus did, but he's had me convinced when I've read him.