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Mens vi venter på EU-valget og folketingsvalget, er her det sidste nummer fra Orbitals album fra 2018, Monsters Exist. Jeg opdagede først dette album i år; ellers var det kommet på min liste over lytteværdige albumudgivelser fra 2019. Et tema, der løber gennem Monsters Exist, er menneskets skrøbelige livsgrundlag. Brødrene Hartnoll har altid været kendt for at have noget på hjerte; elektronisk musik kan virke abstrakt, men behøver ikke af dén grund at være holdningsløs.

Brian Cox, professor i astrofysik ved University of Manchester, fortæller det som det er – livet er dyrebart og flygtigt. Lyt!

There are few certainties in science, but one fact of which we can all be certain is that one day we will die.

Our atoms won’t disappear, they will return to the Earth. Some will become parts of the living future. But they will carry no imprint, no memories, no knowledge of the pattern once known as you. In five billion years our Sun will cease to shine. Our planet will die in the searing heat, engulfed by the dying star. The atoms once known as you will be ejected out into space. In billions of years they may become parts of new solar systems with their own stories to tell.

The great cycle of stellar death and rebirth offers a sort of limited immortality. Whether that’s comforting is up to you. But ultimately nothing will survive. It will all be gone.

In the far future there will come a time when time has no meaning as the Universe expands and fades. Our descendants isolated on an island drifting in ocean of dark will watch as the galaxies evaporate away.

How does that make you feel?

Yet something remains in the darkness. An idea. Science is the ultimate exercise of reason. And our reason confirms deep down what we’ve always known. Whether human or star, life is precious and fleeting.

We are collections of atoms that can think who discovered this deep truth. We must understand the Universe will spend an eternity in darkness after a brief period of light.

Meaning is not eternal. And yet meaning exists today because the Universe means something to us.

We must understand that life is precious and fleeting. In doing so we will come to recognize the true value of ourselves, our fellow humans and our civilization.

The choice before us is not between immortality and eternal darkness. The laws of nature have made that choice. But we do get to choose how long we want to survive. How long do you want the human race to survive?

There will come a time when we’re forced to choose: do we destroy our planet or protect it? Do we live together or fight amongst ourselves? Do we expand, explore, do we carry our shared hopes and dreams outwards to Mars and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn and onwards to the limitless stars or do we avert our gaze from the Universe beyond and allow all memory of our world will be lost too soon?

Do we close our minds and seek refuge in the ingorant dark of the cave or do we embrace curiosity and love of knowledge of our fellow humans, of our rare world and of the infinite and wonderful things yet to be known?

Valgkampen 2019

For how long do we tolerate
These fools drunk with power
Drunk with power, obsessed with death
Death and destruction drunk with power
A giant game of chess they play
With you and I
As the disposable pieces
Drunk with power, obsessed with death
Death and destruction drunk with power
For how long do we tolerate
These fools drunk with power
Drunk with power, obsessed with death
Death and destruction drunk with power
A giant game of chess they play
With you and I
As the disposable pieces
Drunk with power, obsessed with death
Death and destruction drunk with power

Morris / Wainwright / Molaney / GLENN ROBERTS

© Agelong Music Publishing Inc.

Lento E Largo: Tranquillissimo

For snart en del år siden lyttede jeg rigtig meget til Henryk Górecki’s 3. symfoni fra 1976 i en smuk indspilning med Dawn Upshaw, David Zinman og London Sinfonietta. Jeg prøvede siden at finde ind til andre af Góreckis værker, men ingen af dem har bevæget mig som den 3. symfoni, der har undertitlen Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (på engelsk).

Nu er der så kommet en live-optagelse af samme symfoni i en udgave med Polens Nationale Radiosymfoniorkester. Dirigent er selveste Krzysztof Penderecki (ham med Trenodi for Hiroshimas ofre og mange, senere og noget mere tilgængelige værker) , og solisten er – Beth Gibbons fra Portishead. Hun har som bekendt ikke klassisk baggrund, hendes vokal er mere hæs og sårbar end Upshaws og hun har egentlig heller ikke så godt styr på sit vibrato. Og så synger hun jo på polsk. Trods alle disse tilsyneladende forhindringer virker det også og alligevel. Hermed anbefalet.

(Start med at lytte til 2. sats, hvis I ikke kender denne symfoni.)

Orville Peck

Det er igen ved at være tid til noget country. Orville Peck er fra Canada og hedder egentlig noget helt andet. Hans image med sort maske er lidt underligt, men lad nu ikke masken eller den røde hat skygge for musikken. Dette nummer giver mindelser om Roy Orbison på en god måde.

En hyldest?

Phoebe Bridges og Conor Oberst har i år udsendt et fælles album under titlen Better Oblivion Community Center. Her er “Chesapeake”. Linjen I can’t hardly wait for someone to replace får mig selvfølgelig til at spekulere på om den bævende dreng mon kan lide The Replacements.

(Der er selvfølgelig også linjen Sweet child of mine – som måske er en henvisning til en sang med et band, som Tommy Stinson senere var med i.)