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Marie-Pierre Arthur’s song and my existential interpretation

I have been working on understanding what’s going on in this song for about six months now. I have not been able to set aside the question. I rightly defined the phenomenological, at least I think I did. But there was something I could not get my head around. It would not (and will not) leave me alone.

My problem was that I was not looking outside phenomenology. Now that I am studying Kierkegaard, it’s coming together. It’s Kierkegaard’s existential crisis. And, boy, do I love his existential crisis (I don’t mean having one, lol, just seeing him build the model – and I have not even scratched the surface his tragic brilliance). But it’s what I missed for months. Now, I have some hope of building Kierkegaard’s model into my model of Marie-Pierre’s music. The phenomenology was of “the appearance of that which is appearing” behind the song, and I’m sticking to that. But I could not imagine what was appearing. It is the emergence of a terrible, very terrible crisis…

“My principal thought was that in our age, because of the great increase of knowledge, we had forgotten what it means to exist…” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

By the way, the song is about falling asleep while the house is on fire. In retrospect, how could I have missed it.

Headphones are a must. Don’t subject this genius to your built-in computer speakers. It’s just not right.