Thursday, March 26, 2009

Heaven and Hell

An Endurance Piece 


“Heaven and Hell” explores the extremities of life's choices and raises existential questions about the things we love and hate. This is an experiment to see if there is a limit to my love for two of my favorite things: music and dancing. Ironically, this piece will require a degree of self-control to sustain my over-indulgence.

I chose the following six songs to reflect the binary extremes. For example, “Disorder” by Joy Division deals with a person’s attempts to experience normalcy. “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys began with the lyric, “I may not always love you,” a controversial opening line for a 1960’s pop song. Brian Wilson’s struggles with mental illness and drug abuse are well documented and it took an unusual amount of restraint for him to overcome these challenges.

Each song will play for an hour on repeat.

5pm – Jefferson Airplane - “Somebody To Love” [Surrealistic Pillow]
6pm – Elliott Smith - “Needle In The Hay” [Elliott Smith]
7pm – Sex Pistols - “God Save The Queen” [Never Mind The Bollocks]
8pm – Nirvana - “Lithium” [Nevermind]
9pm – Joy Division - “Disorder” [Unknown Pleasures]
10pm – Beach Boys - “God Only Knows” [Pet Sounds]

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