Pain (Three Ways)

This one is a little bleak, to be expected with the theme of Pain.  As before, here are three pieces related to the theme.

The Scream by Edvard Munch has always been a favorite of mine.  I love how the artist uses simple forms to generate so much emotion and expressiveness.  I saw a Munch exhibition at a museum many years ago and fell in love with many of his works, despite (or maybe because of) how dark and unsettling many of them are.

A passage in Munch’s diary contains the likely inspiration for The Scream: “I was walking along the road with two friends—the sun went down—I felt a gust of melancholy—suddenly the sky turned a bloody red. I stopped, leaned against the railing, tired to death—as the flaming skies hung like blood and sword over the blue-black fjord and the city—My friends went on—I stood there trembling with anxiety—and I felt a vast infinite scream tear through nature.”


Continuing down the dark path, here is my creation.

The Betrayal

Anguish torments the soul
The emptiness a black hole
No shred of hope, no ray of light
No need to strive, no will to fight
A spirit crushed and broken
Words of comfort unspoken
A world of death and dying
No purpose left in trying
Life all but faded away
Or do thoughts betray?

Finally, here’s Fell On Black Days by Chris Cornell (with Ben Shepherd from Soundgarden).  I’m such a fan of Chris, including Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, Audioslave, and his solo work.  Definitely one of my all time favorite rock vocalists.  This song was supposedly written about a period in his teenage years when he suffered from depression.  I prefer an acoustic version.

18 thoughts on “Pain (Three Ways)

      1. Black Hole Sun is great too. Are you aware that Cornell has actually recorded a country song? I was floored when my husband told me and I listened to it. Not too shabby either.

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      1. It was. I’ve seen Marilyn Manson when he did the Anti Christ Superstar tour and few others, by they by far and they’re my husbands favorite band, so it meant alot to me to get him there AND that close to the stage.

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