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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?

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