Tag Archives: PJ Harvey

Nature

Till the day
Is ending
And the birds
Are silent
And the insects
Are courting

By the shores
Heavy stones
Are falling

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As soon as I’m
Left alone
The Devil wanders
Into my soul
And I pretend to myself

*
Oh, something metal
Tearing my stomach out
If you think ill of me
*

All those places
That I recall
The memories that grip me
And pin me down
*

(PJ Harvey)

Mixed Blessing

PJ Harvey is a person I so deeply admire she’s become something beyond a mere idol: she is just pure inspiration.

Not only is she an outstanding musician, but her words and lyric-writing speak right into me.

This excerpt of a Dazed interview one of the reasons why:

D&C: You once said in Dazed & Confused, “Sometimes I wish I didn’t feel so deeply. I wish I could let things ride a bit more.” Do you still feel that way?

PJ Harvey: As an artist, no matter what field of work you’re in or medium, you have to feel things deeply in order to then process that and turn it around and put it out someway in whatever art form you are using. So it’s a mixed blessing. Obviously, you need to be extremely sensitive as a person in order to absorb all of these feelings and in order to process them and that has its downsides. It can be extremely draining, but at the same time if I didn’t have those qualities myself, if I wasn’t able to feel these things on a very deep level, I couldn’t write about them and I feel very lucky to be able to do the work I do and I really enjoy doing it.

If I may dare to say so, I make her words mine.

And as a treat, here’s the last of the short films/music videos done by Seamus Murphy for PJ‘s Let England Shake. It is one of my favorite songs, too:

With hearts that threatened to pop their boxes.

Consequence

Oh Dearest Young Man
Teach me Sweetheart
How to love you

You’ve got me lying
You’ve got me leaving home
You’ve got me crying
When I’m alone

PJ Harvey knows it all

Political Seeds

It is not often that artists successfully navigate their way through political themes.

PJ Harvey does it so gracefully I thought it was but pertinent to include her in my wave of politics-related posts. Here’s the most recent video for her much acclaimed new album Let England Shake, The Glorious Land:

As the lyrics state, we must be keenly aware of the people we choose to govern us and their political agenda.

How is our glorious land sewn? Not with wheat and corn

War is the silliest excuse for the enforcement of economical and political interests.

Let us not be led to believe otherwise.

Mental soundtrack

I have been listening incessantly to Let England Shake, PJ Harvey‘s latest marvel.

Its musicality and the depth of its lyrics resound so well within I cannot help but listen to it on a daily basis.

Now the third of the series of videos made by conflict photographer Seamus Murphy has been released:

It is one of my favorite songs of the record, a true musical beauty.

Who said politically inspired music can’t be enjoyable – and I dare say, fun?

Words, words and PJ

A little more politically-focused, PJ Harvey is back with another video directed by Seamus Murphy,

The Words That Maketh Murder

In trying to combine heavy-felt lyrics with upbeat music, PJ has yet again won me over.