Don’t let it bring you down… (EMP – Emotive Music Post)

July 3, 2008

Music is meant to be a window; stained glass leaking light around the silhouette of the soul.  And every once in a while a song is written that captures this abstract ideal.  We tend to look past the emotive power of music more times than not.

Well it’s time to break the trend…

And I want to start this montage of emotive music posts by reaching back into the archives to Mr. Neil Young.  Among his hits are track titles like “Needle and the Damage Done,” “Heart of Gold,” and “Down by the River.”  But the song that sticks out to me as Young’s most haunting composition is “Don’t Let it Bring You Down.”  This song rings with epic quality as the artist paints a picture of life’s bitterness while preaching the message, “Don’t let it bring you down, it’s only castles burning, find someone’s who’s turning, and you will come around.”  Neil’s eerily soaring vocals over the alternately tuned guitar strikes a nerve at the resilience of humanity.


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