Songs Of The Summer 2012: Part Three

With summer in full swing, we asked our Demo contributors and a variety of U of T students what song they hope will represent their four months of sun.  Over the next weeks, we will share what they said. 

Walker Horsfall, 3rd Year, Medieval Studies

Song: Obscure Alternatives

Artist: Japan

Album: Obscure Alternatives

If the pastoral comedies of the Bard are to be trusted, there are seven ages of man: infant, student, lover, soldier, justice, aged, and death – entities which must be demarcated by resurrection. I have found myself to be a whining schoolboy, unwilling to leave my self-created sanctuary of truth grounded in limited experience. How unfortunate for me that I should discover obscure alternatives, where cold western winds from Zipangu sweep me off my tantruming feet, where the walls of my sand castle are battered down by a single droning guitar, and I am told to zero down to zero; a Vitruvian man on a Cartesian plane. The long days of summer, creeping like a snail, threaten me with visions of mundane futures, and I crave the charity of night. There I shall scream, like a child being wrenched from the womb, bloodied red and gasping. I am at the event horizon of love, and I will not go quietly.


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