Tuesday, September 6, 2016

exp. 3: music as a literacy event by vik ball

     In "Fortunate Son", David Marsh creates a vivid account of emotional experiences in his early life, and how music played a role in them. His ability to breath life to static descriptions is showcased in this piece, especially anytime he speaks of music. From the way his hometown comes to life in little details, to the simple yet seeming alive characters he writes of, characterization is a large part of Marsh's writing. In this, a believable and engaging narrative is created. In reading "Fortunate Son", one can see that numerous implicit details are presented, and Marsh shys from the explicit (spoken dialogue is rare). Ideas are shown, descriptions made, but the task of creating a world is up to the reader. Even though Marsh shares his inner thoughts, we never really feel that his story is only his own. This method of writing lets the reader "live" in a narrative, made from the generous sensory details given. For instance, consider the following passage: "But it would be a mistake to dismiss its romanticism, which was for many months more real to me than the ridiculous reality—moving to accommodate a parking lot—which confronted my family and all my friends’ families." (138). In this passage we gain a valuable insight about Marsh's character at the time- something that would be less believable had it been explicitly stated.

Seeing in the past prevents us from looking to the future.

     Every time I listen to "When The Sun Hits" by Slowdive, I can't help but feel melancholy, or at least that is the best way I could describe such a feeling. A feeling unique to the listener, one better experienced than explained. A feeling of loss, yet strange optimism. That the future still is so far away, but we should still take comfort in the fact that it (probably) exists. From the somber lyrics, to the introspective and almost hallucinogenic arrangement of the instruments, a haunting emotion of beauty is produced.  The song opens with a simple yet haunting riff, continues to crescendo into the chorus, and then before you know it five minutes have passed. In my opinion, this song is their greatest work, and an excellent introduction to the "Shoegaze" genre. This style of music typically contains significant guitar distortion, feedback, and obscured vocals, all of these coming together in a beautiful cacophony of feeling.

1 comment:

  1. Vik, I like how you point out that Marsh never makes us feel like the narrative is solely his own. I think that is because in many ways the narrative is a story of a place and time that many people shared in. It's a generational story in a way, and I like how the town itself and the company who runs it are "characters" to be dealt with. I actually can totally understand why Dave got into it with his Dad and its great writing for us to be able to see both sides of that coin. I have not heard the song or artist you write about but it sounds interesting and sort of esoteric, so I want to check it out. Thanks!


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