Archive for the ‘existentialism’ Tag

[50/50] Song #46: “Cathedrals”

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Song #46: “Cathedrals” — Jump, Little Children (1998)

WORLD TRADE CENTER“In the shadows of tall buildings / of fallen angels on the ceiling”

I knew there would be at least one local band in this countdown — however, “Cathedrals” by Winston-Salem band Jump, Little Children was on this list long before I moved to North Carolina. A powerful and moving ode to the search for meaning in life, its lyrics took on unexpected (and unanticipated) meaning after 9/11 and the early years of the misguided “war on terror.”

I know this was never the band’s intention, but it is hard not imagine it with lyrics like “Someone is watching all of the outsiders/
The line moves slowly through the numbered gate/ Past the mosaic of the head of state”

None of which changes the fact that this is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs of the last few decades.

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[50/50] Short Story #16: “They’re Made Out of Meat”

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Short Story #16: “They’re Made Out of Meat” —Terry Bisson (1990)

StarryNightBacon-thumb-500x363You think you’re existential? This snappy kick-to-the-gut will leave you cold and reeling. Comprised solely of dialog between 2 characters, “They’re Made of Meat” has a twisted Twilight Zone vibe that would have made Rod Serling proud. Which is pretty impressive considering this short short story is essentially a humor piece. Black, black gallows humor, to be sure, but still. I’d say more singing its praises, but then I’d run the risk of writing a commentary longer than the original. Just go read it:

http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page6.html

“Bacon Starry Night” courtesy of instructables.   See the rest of the countdown here.