existentialist music?

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existentialist music?

Post by malc laney » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:52 pm

What sort of music is suitable or attractive for the above? In L'etranger , i think the main character rather liked St. James infirmary.
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Re: existentialist music?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:46 am

the sound track from Psycho.

Or, Bach's coffee cantata? Smoke that cigarette? Leonard Cohen for sure.
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Post by chinyc » Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:34 am

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Re: existentialist music?

Post by Guero » Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:37 am

The Cure "Killing an Arab".

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Re: existentialist music?

Post by RobMacKillop » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:49 am

+1

Actually, Sartre has a memorable passage about people in a cafe listening to a blues singer.

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Re: existentialist music?

Post by PeteJ » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:51 am

If you can tell us what existentialism is I'd be impressed. It seems to be a word with a thousand meanings and all of them unclear.

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Post by Andrew Fryer » Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:17 pm

+1. I read Sartre and Camus several times between the ages of 16 and whenever, and I couldn't tell you what existentialism is.

Perhaps it's the full stop at the end of Socrates' "the unexamined life is not worth living."
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Post by Mr Kite » Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:19 pm

PeteJ wrote:If you can tell us what existentialism is I'd be impressed. It seems to be a word with a thousand meanings and all of them unclear.
I hear ya.

The original post mentioned l'étranger. For me that would have to be some sort of French / North African jazz you can't quite follow, where everyone seems to be soloing at once.

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Post by gitgeezer » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:24 pm

A common mistake in trying to understand existentialism is thinking it’s a coherent philosophy. It’s actually a loose collection of various ideas and attitudes that have only one thing in common—the rejection of traditional philosophy.

Depending on which of these scattered ideas you find attractive, you can make any of three cases for music that fits existentialism:

1. All music is existential.

2. No music is existential.

3. Only the music i think is existential is existential.

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Post by bear » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:28 pm

PeteJ wrote:If you can tell us what existentialism is I'd be impressed. It seems to be a word with a thousand meanings and all of them unclear.
I had a Psych professor once who told me that I was an existentialist. I of course rejected that label and responded that I was just, me.
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Post by DerekB » Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:30 pm

Juliette Greco saw herself as an existentialist singer.
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Re: existentialist music?

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:11 am

Neil Diamond:)

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Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:29 am

Neil Diamond:)

Because he creates a sense of dread whenever he comes on the grocery store sound system?

(actually, he has a good voice and writes more interesting melodies than the Strawberry Alarm Clock. And yet...)

p.s. I think that Kierkegaard might be the first inspiration for the existentialists. In the Existentialist Cafe is also a terrific read on this movement.
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Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:58 am

[quote="Jeffrey Armbruster"]Neil Diamond:)

Because he creates a sense of dread whenever he comes on the grocery store sound system?

(actually, he has a good voice and writes more interesting melodies than the Strawberry Alarm Clock. And yet...)

HaHa!

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Re: existentialist music?

Post by PeteJ » Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:21 pm

How anyone can put Kierkegard, Heidegger and Sartre in the same bag defeats me.

How anyone can listen to Neil Diamond is not much easier to grasp. 'Sense of dread' sums it up for me. I must be an existentialist listener.

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