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Memento mori are the words on the official of Depeche mode website, written in an original way, under a countdown in red.
Memento mori is the title of Depeche Mode‘s new work to be released on March 24th.
Do you ever find particular connections on multiple levels, with respect to artistic forms that represent elements that are particularly close to your heart?
Here it is: on the official Instagram profile you can find this video showing, somewhat in speed painting style, a huge mural depicting wings … and you know I have a thing for wings, right?
But my connection with Depeche Mode is very very far back in time: my first concert in Milan.
By the way, Milan recurs in their story because Violator was partly recorded right in Milan in the Mecenate area.
Legendary is the anecdote of the sound of footsteps on the staircase trumpet, other than electronic percussion …
Speaking of Violator tomorrow is the anniversary of its release: March 19, 1990.
33, like Jesus age, that Personal Jesus they wanted to personalize, humanize, make tangible.
And you’re all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I’ll make you a believer
This concept expressed in the song was somehow made real with the launch to promote the single: a simply brilliant idea.
On a page of the Melody Maker appeared only a telephone number accompanied by the words Your Own Personal Jesus.
Those who called the number had the opportunity to hear the fragment “reach out and touch faith” followed by the very famous riff.
Isn’t this music history?
By the way, doesn’t it make you nostalgic for the days when phones didn’t follow us every minute of the day, and when the idea of “fearing” unknown phone numbers as a potential source of commercial stalking would never have crossed our minds?
But back to Memento mori: it means “remember you must die.”
I fortunately or unfortunately can never think of these words without associating them with Non ci resta che piangere, so instead of crying, I smile.
Also Dave Gahan and Martin Gore want to mean their Memento mori in a positive sense, as a Carpe Diem: live to the fullest.
As Fletch would have it.
And so here they are, in the video once again edited by Anton Corbijn playing chess with death as in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal
Ghosts again …
The journey of life: from trying to make the spirit tangible, to thinking about being happy even after something is over.
Do you think it’s really the perfect balance of melancholy and joy like Dave Gahan?
Can you remind yourself that “you have to die”?
I know, posed like this, this question seems absurd, I often get angry with myself: when I get caught up in the daily delusions instead of valuing every single day, every single moment.
Tell me that you are better at this than I am.
Loving the way these thoughts of yours come together to form a piece that is informed by prose and fact in a way that makes for an engaging and lovely narrative! Music has always taken on a soul of its own within me and I love also your mention of speed painting, which is physical poetry and an awing thing to behold!
Once again THANK YOU for your beautiful words Layla!
Reading you is always always always poetry!!
Music resonates in my soul too!
Regarding speed painting, I can’t tell you how much I admire those who have the gift of being able to draw so well.