Saturday, January 06, 2007

Complaint Choirs

This morning, as usual, I began my day listening to NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. They aired a story, Complaint Choirs, Voicing Displeasure, that discussed a YouTube video I saw a while back. When you have about 7 minutes, go watch and listen to the Complaint Choir of Helsinki. The music is lovely, the choir is great, and the lyrics (with English subtitles) are incredibly mundane: "Nice shirts get discoloured in the wash, but ugly shirts never do." "Christmas season starts earlier every year." "My dreams are boring." Something about the dissonance between the beautiful music and the mundane complaints is just brilliant.


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