Deeply Unsettling

Playlists of Psychopaths

Movies have tricked us. They made us believe that Classical music and psychopaths are strongly intertwined, when in fact, it’s actually R&B and Hip Hop that scratch that psychotic itch.

Perhaps I’m tapping this perplexing news piece a bit late – The Guardian and Independent already covered this on September 2017 – but the thought of this vile connection came up to me while enjoying a classical piece on the radio last night which naturally evoked Alex in A Clockwork Orange and Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs.

The gist of the research as described on both magazines:

The researchers at New York University named Eminen’s Lose Yourself and Backstreet’s No Diggity as two favourites amongst those with the highest psychopath scores, The Guardian reports.

In a study of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, those with the highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of the Blackstreet number one hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself rated highly too.

Psychopaths have sensitive souls. However it’s not Bach that helps eradicate their inner demons, but Blackstreet and Eminem.

Love this song? You’re probably a psychopath.

So what can we say about classical music and psychopaths in films?

A myth?

Scene: A person enjoys a blood covered glass of milk while relishing over a 10 minute symphony –  a Slim Shady symphony.

Which brings us to…

Milk 

Another deeply unsettling complexity. Adults drinking milk in movies is deeply unsettling. Milk associates us with childhood innocence, the most tender times of our lives. So what the hell is an adult doing with a glass of milk?

A Clockwork Orange, No Country for Old Men, Hitchcock’s Suspicion, and Inglorious Bastards all use the act of drinking milk as eerily as possible.

 

According to culturacolectiva.com , showing an evil adult drinking a glass of milk also represents evil consuming or destroying innocence (i.e. SS colonel Hans Landa asking for a glass of milk when offered wine in Inglorious Bastards).

Milk is used for lighting contrast, meshes well with blood and creates the best contradiction to antiheroes –  drinking it means overpowering the good.

Alongside manipulation, ‘innocence’, smooth-talking, uncanny sense of normalcy and niceness, it seems that psychopaths, in and outside the film industry, have a rather surprising taste in music and love milk.

 

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It Is What It Is- Blood Orange

It’s time to contribute to my Music Archive!

Some songs can catch you at the right moment. The perfect background music for the mood your’e in. On one of my many New York City strolls, I entered this gallery in Soho. It seemed interesting and artsy enough so I thought why not check it out. I gazed at this art piece when I noticed a cool background tune playing on the owner’s laptop. Couldn’t really see the name of it, so I Shazamed and voilà, discovered  Blood Orange and It Is What It Is. It was like a scene from a movie… a thing which happens often in New York City.

Now that I left New York and moved back home to a much smaller and mellower city, I’m finding myself dazed and confused by jet lagged sleepless nights full of thoughts, decisions, decisions and thoughts…. estranged to my own country and the old life I had here. I found this song very comforting through these not so easy times. I’ll share the lyrics here so you can see what I’m talking about, and obviously attach the YouTube link so you could hear what I’m talking about. It’s just great to discover new music. I get bored often by old music and lose all hope of falling in love with anything new. I’m so happy to stand corrected.

Artist Introduction: Blood orange is one of British singer, composer, songwriter, producer and author, Dev Hynes‘s projects. The guy actually performs with nothing but a guitar, a laptop and himself on stage and produces great melodic digital sounds that create such a great vibe. He often collaborates with vocalist/ girlfriend, Samantha Urbani, who performs on over half of Cupid Deluxe’s 11 tracks, which includes It Is What It Is. This album is the second one released for Blood Orange, and focused mainly on electronic sounds. I just love this, he’s a genius!!! Dev Hynes/ Blood Orange recently performed in London and New York and I failed to miss both… ahh!     A man of many accomplishments, Hynes also has a wide resume of collaborations with various artists, such as Florence and the Machine, Mansun, and The Chemical Brothers on the 2007 Grammy Awards.

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Dev Hynes with vocalist/ girlfriend Samantha Urbani

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A tip: when listening to this it’s advised to gaze at a Soho gallery art piece… (lyrics are right below)

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Art piece in Soho

 

It Is What It Is“- Lyrics

I’ve kept it open, and wanted nobody to be my friend
I’ve wasted moments in the bowery light, and lost it all.
So are you smoking? Don’t tell me baby you can’t work this out.
I’ve wasted moments in the soho nights, and lost it all.

Time will tell if you can figure this and work it out
no one’s waiting for you anyway so don’t be stressed now
even if it’s something that you’ve had your eye on, it is what it is.

On your own worries, i’m nothing even when i’m with my friends, but you make me think that i’m alive, when i’m alone.

Time will tell if you can figure this and work it out
no one’s waiting for you anyway so don’t be stressed now
even if it’s something that you’ve had your eye on, it is what it is…and it keeps on running back.

why wasn’t it real?

Talk me through the stages before i go home, why wasn’t it real?
Roxy got me twitching and i’m home alone
taking it for granted that you’re here with me, just tell me the truth
am i just a lonely fabled obsessive? That ain’t got no clue

Summer Blink

It’s winter time… but I have a “Summer Blink” in my eyes…

I think everyone should have a pep song. A song that would lift you up when harder times occur, when you’ve lost confidence and gained nothing but mistrust towards yourself. A song that would keep you going when nothing else will, and be a guide when your’e lacking inspiration. A pep talk is also very good, but why not having it sung for you or simply sing it yourself? It’s easier to remember this way…

I have had a pep song for years now. One that I never really considered a pep song, but always gave me such a good feeling when singing it, so I decided to declare it as my pep song.  “Summer Blink” is written and sung by one of the greatest bands in the world (remember, it’s just my opinion) Cocteau Twins, which appears on their album Evangeline EP (1993).  Lead singer Elizabeth Fraser‘s heavenly voice carries on an unforgettable tune in “Summer Blink” one must feel happier for a few minute at the least. Fraser tends to use a lot of foreign words in her songs she often does not know the meaning of, which I find both bizarre and beautiful, but in this case, the lyrics are so vivid and convey a full on positive meaning, to me anyhow.

Cocteau Twins, Scotland’s descendants, have followed me all through my high school, army service, job searching, travelling and New York years. I can safely say this band is my all time favorite (I’m pretty sure I mentioned this before).

I wish you happy pep singing!

Summer Blink Lyrics

Ooh, you have, ooh, you have
Ooh, you have, ooh, you have

How do I feel about myself?
I try, I am resourceful, I contribute
I belong when I contribute

I don’t have to be perfect
I’m accepting myself as I really am
I’m feeling love for my successes

(Thank you for showing me respect)
I think, yes
(The foundation of my self respect)
I’m doing a fine job

I think, yes, I’m doing a fine job
I’m accepting myself as I really am
I’m feeling love for my successes

(Thank you for showing me respect)
I think, yes
(The foundation of my self-respect)
I’m doing a fine job
(Thank you for your encouragement)
I think, yes
(For my efforts and improvements)
I’m doing a fine job

Ooh, you have, ooh, you have
Ooh, you have, ooh, you have
Ooh, you have, ooh, you have
Ooh, you have, ooh, you have

I think, yes, I’m doing a fine job

(Thank you for showing me respect)
I think, yes
(The foundation of my self-respect)
I’m doing a fine job
(Thank you for your encouragement)
I think, yes
(For my efforts and improvements)
I’m doing a fine job