January 20, 2008

Sandy Pearlman, the man who first applied the term "heavy metal" to music, has been using the concept of frisson, long used to explain "goosebumps" in film, as a way of describing music. In a recent essay at DWT he explains his concept and gives examples like Bach, Magnificat; Beethoven; Berlioz, Requiem; Holst, The Planets; The Doors, Light My Fire and When the Music’s Over; Patti Smith, Horses and Bird Land; Gordon Lightfoot, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald; etc. How about "April Skies" by Jesus and Mary Chain song from Darklands? Or, better yet, pick a song and explain why you think it's an example of frisson. The best paragraph wins the writer a 5 disc Byrds box set, There Is A Season. Send your paragraph to downwithtyranny AT aol DOT com.

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