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Is the trend of the music video DOOMED?

19 Dec

I remember when I was younger and music videos are what made the song – whether or not the artistic evolution from song to video made any sense. I will always remember Mr. Brightside and its crazy almost Moulin Rouge circus like imagery. Or even Panic @ the Disco’s I Write Sins Not Tragedies. These iconic songs, when released, were paired with their music videos.

I may be incorrect in assuming but nowadays music videos are not what make the song anymore – and it’s not even how most hits are discovered. I find all my new music, debuts and singles, from the shows I watch.

Did you know that you can not only check out CD’s in person at the Hoboken Public Library, but you may also check them out digital music from Hoopla and Freegal.  Freegal even features Music Videos!

I recently discovered “Doomed” by Moses Sumney on a TV show binge How to Get Away with Murder. It was season 4 episode 8 and the song was faintly in the background as what was really important was the scene itself. But it’s not until I heard the song for the second time in a different TV show I watch that it stuck and indelibly marked my musical soul. Featured on Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 episode 22, the song was the foreground of the episode and as all else faded, the music beamed into my ears and I fell in love with the music of Moses Sumney.

You can check out seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder as well as Moses Sumney’s album Aromanticism from BCCLS libraries.

Written by:
Sherissa Hernandez
Adult Programming Assistant

Who is the Narrator of Our Lives?: William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying

5 Dec

Narration is a big thing not only in books, but also in life. Our actions are ways to which we narrate and navigate our way through our story. But what about inaction and silence? Aren’t those a form of narration as well?

Narration is not only used as a tool within the novel to develop the plot, as well as each separate narrator, but it also exposes the true narrator through the concealment that words put on language. Addie Bundren’s presence in As I Lay Dying, or lack thereof, seems to distract the reader from discovering her side of the story. The irony of the words in the title is though it is in first person narrative, we almost never hear from her point of view. But let me not give out too many spoilers.

The irony of this novel being about a woman who is “dying” but told by those around her who are “alive” is the exact distinction that calls to question the very narration that we are given within the title. As I Lay Dying – first person narrative – seems to reveal a secret hidden within the narrative. This secret would appear to be a story from the perspective of someone who is dying – as per the title – but, in fact, we are almost never introduced to this true first person narrator.

This intrigued me.

One thing to note is that I – the reader – often fall in love with the ironic. Recent blogs I have written were about novels – such as Pamuk’s My Name is Red – allude to this sense of irony within and surrounding that novel, the irony of title’s foreshadowing, and multiple narrators with their own story that still hold the same meaning – rather than different “sides to the story.” It’s ironic, and it’s beautiful to me.

I love this book because it sheds light not only on the fact that the title is strictly about what’s going on as she lays dying, but it also follows this remarkable truth of how what’s going on around us narrates just as much as we do in our own story. As she lays dying is calling to the beauty that even though the title is clearly in first person – which should mean that it’s about her perspective – it’s not. Her perspective is that of what’s around her. It’s what’s happening as she lays dying that’s important, that’s narrating her story.

And isn’t that how it seems – life?

Aren’t we all just lying there as the world just continues to go round, as our story continues on without us, but in reality with us still there?

You can borrow As I Lay Dying in print, as an ebook from eBCCLS or eLibraryNJ, a digital audiobook, and view a movie adaptation on DVD.

Written By:
Sherissa Hernandez
Adult Programming Assistant

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