Women in music seem to be leading the new year in regards to Song of the Day selections, and I’m definitely feeling it. I’m reminded of Tori Amos’ lyric from her 1996 song “Caught a Light Sneeze” where she sings “I need a big loan from the girl zone.” I think I’m leaning into the girl zone, looking to their voices as strength, support, and guidance as I dive right into 2019, and the changes I’m determined to make.
Love has been on my mind a lot lately. Love’s beginnings, the tricky middle bit that comes with its own sense of challenges, and the end of love, if such a thing can actually end. Does love conquer all? Does it defy the odds, as well as the obstacles the universe can throw at it? Is it erasable, or indelible, never actually leaving who you are as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind suggests?
Is the love you have in your life a love that you were destined to find? Is it sustainable? Can love survive hard times and heartache? I like to believe it can survive anything, and that it can never be erased, that real love never ends, that it is forever. I hope my beliefs are right.
“All Is Full Of Love” by Björk
from the album, Homogenic (1997)
Song of the Day
“You’ll be given love.
You’ll be taken care of.
You’ll be given love.
You have to trust it.”
I’ve recently re-discovered the album Homogenic, and re-fallen in love with it. I’d forgotten how moving the music is on here, how big and full the sounds are, how gorgeous the melodies, and how much the songs, especially this one, mean to me.
“All Is Full Of Love” is the last track on Homogenic, Björk’s third solo studio release. The lyrics were inspired by love in spring and Ragnarök of Norse mythology.
Björk’s original version is a trip-hop ballad with soul influences, harp, strings, and electronic beats; the version on Homogenic is a minimalist remix by Howie B, emphasizing Björk’s vocals. A remix by the German IDM duo Funkstörung was released as a single in 1998. (from Wikipedia)
In 1999, “All Is Full of Love” was released as a single with a music video directed by Chris Cunningham (see above). The video uses Björk’s original mix and depicts Björk as a robot being assembled in a factory, who passionately kisses another robot.
The video is often cited as one of the best of all time and a milestone in computer animation; it has been displayed in art exhibitions and was on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
It was nominated for a Grammy and won several awards including Best Breakthrough Video and Special Effects at the 2000 MTV Video Awards.
The single reached number 24 on the UK Singles Chart and became a dance hit in the United States. (from Wikipedia)
“All Is Full Of Love” (Howie B. Version) by Björk