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How Could Our ‘Curse’ Be So Beautiful?

Our favorite childhood toy; the pair of shoes we won’t throw away; our first kiss: these moments and things have meant everything to us for as long as we can remember, but we don’t know exactly why. Though we use these random encounters and objects to construct our stories, each of us can perceive the same thing differently.

This realization was part of the inspiration behind the new Aventine album by Agnes Obel, who said:

We apply so much symbolic meaning to things. Humans do that all the time, it’s like the curse of being a human but also a blessing because a lot of beautiful things come out of it. We put meaning into random things.”

Agnes ObelYou receive a smile from an intriguing stranger: is the person interested in meeting you or just being polite? Does your lucky hat really bring you fortune, or is it just mere coincidence? And perhaps a more important question: aren’t we happier when all the people and things in our lives become more meaningful? Whether it’s true or not, is it wrong to want every moment to just be beautiful?

How we interpret these cues can be our “Curse” or blessing in disguise.

Tell me now the very souls who look alike, look alike
Do you know the stranglehold covering their eyes?
If I called on every soul, in the land, on the moon
tell me if I’ll ever know, a blessing in disguise
The curse moved from the underground down by the shore
And we’ll all grow, even hunger, to live unlike before
The curse moved from the underground down by the shore
And we’ll all grow, even hunger, to live unlike before
– Agnes Obel

Enjoy this stream of the amazing Aventine album.

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via Hype Machine

   
 
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