December 1, 2009 Black Star
Songs have that uncanny ability to conjure a feeling that you understand completely, but have not yet experienced.
I have listened to Christopher O’Riley’s cover of Radiohead’s “Black Star” for a few years, and have felt a sense of wonder every time. The way each verse builds like a slow blooming flower, the crashing lower octaves that give way to the piano’s tender upper register, O’Riley’s slight sense of hesitation that echoes the start of new love: it’s really beautiful.
Listening to it now is different. Not that the emotions that the song expresses are different, but that I now understand them a little better than I used to, or thought I used to.
Songs have that uncanny ability to conjure a feeling that you understand completely, but do not experience until the time is right.
To the Illin’ Music Thread Crew: What does “Black Star” express to you?