I know this is a bit late but thank you for your heartfelt review. I really enjoyed reading that.The song tries to counter that with the chorus which telegraphs a kind of hope. Of trying to ignore the despair and situate yourself within the universe, the worlds within worlds that rotate. And to seal that, the song’s most heartbreaking line: if this universe is really shrinking, we'll be together in time. When faced with that crushing despair which leaves you desolate and tiny, all you have is hope, isn’t it? It’s almost a blind hope, no other foundation to base it on apart from sheer force of will. I’m not religious, or particularly spiritual, but I can totally understand how people build entire worldviews on hope itself. “Maya” itself is too wise, too demure, to do that world-building (and potentially complicate and tarnish the picture in the process) beyond a few suggestions – it simply rests on that first impulsive instinct alone: we’ll be together in time.
My impact! I hope the catching up is going well. Since you have no time constraints, I think a chronological procession would work nicely. You can find wanky intellectualisations of everything here, should you so require.I've been reading through this rate a little bit and it's convinced me to officially dive into them. I've been meaning to do it for a while but I kept putting it off. Ready to be sléd.
My morbid fascination with Sweet 7 also contributes to this dddd.
Goddamit, you're going to make that "Freak Like Me" writeup (coming ... soon) very difficult!But, yeah. "Freak Like Me". Time for my own contribution to the Sugababes Rate Confessionals.
Gary Numan has been something of a hero to me for a long time. I was an awkward teenager struggling with autism, and he was the only celebrity on the autistic spectrum that I was aware of. Consequently, I imprinted on him like a baby duckling. I'm no longer quite the rabid stan I once was, particularly after I found out how inconsistent so much of his post-1984 work is; nevertheless, his first two or three albums remain pretty much flawless.
But it was always more than the music, particularly when it came to "Are 'Friends' Electric?". Combined with the cold and eerie tones of late-70's synthesizers, Numan meditates on the possibility of making friends through computer circuits - that maybe it's all just a big lie, maybe they're all just robots, maybe there's no way of truly connecting to anybody else. "No, I don't think it meant anything to you". This was a tough period of my life, mid teenage years. At a time when I was grappling with and trying to understand my diagnosis, the song really caught a nerve with regards to the difficulties of forming proper relationships and relating to other people, taking to the Internet for solace when speaking in real life seemed such an insurmountable difficulty, and the collapse of a longtime friendship - things that remain quite hard to this day, if I'm being honest. So, when I hear that heavy lift from a song that is very personal to me... only for it to not be that, and in fact be completely turned on its head subject-matter wise? Yeah, I'm not sure I like it.
And yes, I am aware that that's a dumb reason to dislike something. And I don't dislike "Freak Like Me", I really don't. It's a very strong piece of work and a great mashup. But I just can't warm to it. Sorry.
I think it just makes a hypothetical, perhaps for the sake of poetic convenience (the idea of being together in time wouldn't make sense if the universe was really expanding), or just a blind belief in that idea for the sake of hope itself, as you said. The beauty of the song is that it never collapses regardless of your knowledge and position on quantum physics.I know this is a bit late but thank you for your heartfelt review. I really enjoyed reading that.
This song is also very dear to my heart, although I haven't yet experienced a loss as close. But the sentiment it conveys very much resonates with me.
I always wondered about that line though: "If this universe is really shrinking, we'll be together in time."
You say it stands for hope. But I don't get it a very basic, factual level. Because as we know / think we know, the universe is actually expanding. So does this line deliberately get it wrong just so there's some hope left, or what?
I love you.A sentient record skip.