There’s something about a song that can literally haunt you. The classic example is Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah,” but that’s been done to death and you know we never go for the obvious at M-M.net. Instead, I bring you today’s Song Of The Day with Counting Crows‘ beautifully tragic track “Colorblind.” The track (which is the background to a famous sex scene from Cruel Intentions) is stripped music at its absolute best and if you are looking for simply great music, this post is for you. Find out more after the cut:
With the simplicity of a piano, acoustic guitar, cello, and a type of flute, the track itself is a musical representation of the “Colorblind” feeling of the song. I take it that whatever love has done to the singer has now pushed him to the point that he is “colorblind” to seeing anything more than black and white. Love can bring one to the point where their mindset becomes very much “this or that” because they do not want to play anymore games and the singer’s voice alone shows he is not in the mood to play.
The lyrics as well keep with this simple “colorblind” idea by having simple (brilliant) lines, such as:
I am covered in skin. No one gets to come in. Pull me out from inside. I am folded and unfolded and unfolding; I am colorblind. Coffee black and egg white.
Clearly love has hurt this person so bad, they can’t even really make long or articulate sentences but instead just see things extremely curt and short. There’s hope as the singer repeats singing “I am ready, I am ready,” but ultimately we do not see the music or vocals picking up or becoming more positive and instead we end with the lyric:
I am fine.
And we all know when people say they’re “fine,” that they’re not. All and all, beautiful and tragic track that truly takes music to a multidimensional level, thus why it’s today’s Song Of The Day. Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments, I always respond. (Also included the very real sex scene from Cruel Intentions below if interested!)