eventseekr Shuffle: Punch It or Hug It? A Playlist of Lovely Assault

“For one human being to love another, that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks … Love is like the measles. The older you get it, the worse the attack.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

Love and War are two words that change lives. Sweethearts swoon and entire countries are swept up by the ravishment of warfare. My choice of the word Love over Peace is quite intentional, as I’m a firm believer in the notion that the latter is in no way the antonym to the despair that is War. Peace is merely the middle ground: safety. Creation and community are needed in order to properly balance out the scale, therefore Love fits the bill quite nicely. But I advise all to be careful with quickly labeling Love and War as two entities working in opposition. The famous Hellenic War delineates otherwise, showing how love may beget war. In contrast, one can only hope that the converse is just as likely.

I aimed to create a playlist which highlights both of these aspects of human nature while also making room for the grey areas that lie between anger and adoration. There is a certain tension involved in love – a push and pull that can turn into frustration or worse. Some of these songs come purely from the heart while others were written with an antagonistic slant; some are literal in their relevance while others are more abstract, and nearly all of them convey a sense of anxiety. That being said, let’s leave the boggy waters of semantics behind and let the playlist speak its case.

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eventseekr Shuffle: Take It with a Bleach Chaser

Do not expect anything funny around here, since I am the author and my sense of humor is nonexistent. My impetus for making this playlist was my friend Dale calling the Finnish love metal band HIM “the worst band in the world.” Hmmm, I would disagree. HIM has at least one good song, which is the cover of “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak, and you simply cannot make “Wicked Game” bad. And, at least HIM is honest in its being plastic kitsch, without any pretense to gosh-darned “rock’n’roll authenticity” (although, bazillions of Eastern European girls who slashed their wrists in tribute to HIM singer Ville Valo would disagree with me on that). So, ever since my friend berated HIM, I’ve been thinking of a way to incorporate the band in a mix (to make my friend angry, of course).

Here is a little Thanatos-centered playlist for you:

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