Listen: Shake it out!
Todayâ€™s â€œListenâ€ segment of Lovingâ€™s Five Senses covers songs by Florence + the Machine from the album â€œCeremonials.â€
Reminiscent ofÂ an intoxicating concoction of Wagnerâ€™s opera â€œTristan and Isoldeâ€ and U2â€™s â€œThe Joshua Treeâ€, this masterpiece is not for the fainthearted. BIG themes are covered here: sex, death, love, and violence all shake the ground that Ms. Welch walks on with her graceful gait.
In the video â€œShake it Outâ€ Flo conjures up utter decadence with painted fingernails, gaudy jewelry, black velvet, and blood-red chiffon. From the menacing and violent third refrain, we follow her in epileptic twirls as she ultimately makes peace with heartbreak by climbing a tree, all while dressed in a billowing white dress fit for Stevie Nicks.
â€œWhat the Water Gave Meâ€ is inspired by the suicide of Virginia Woolf and death by drowning, an Ophelia-theme that re-emerges throughout the album.
These and many other motifs are timeless and deeply human. And because of this, there is no doubt that this music will be part of the human story in 200 years’ time. Join the historical movement! Shake it out!
Pre-Raphaelite Beauty with some Studio 54 sequence.
Will you be my Silver Spring?
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