Bjork's Lyrical Epic Essay

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Description: An analytical look at Bjork's song trilogy including the songs: Human Behavior, Isobel and Bachelorette. The prompt was to write a critical evaluation on a piece of art or music.One of the most prolific writers, performers and artists of our time, Bjork has devoted much of her life to the creation of experimental and contemporary music that has defied all classification. Studying musical theory, flute, piano, and voice, young Bjork debuted her first Icelandic album at the age of only eleven. Trying out numerous bands in her teenage years, Bjork eventually made the leap in 1993 to release yet another solo album, Debut, signifying a new stage in her life. In the past ten years ...view middle of the document...

Throughout this song trilogy it is apparent that there is a value of change in a person's experiences, and interactions (Hemingway).Like it says in the first song, Human Behavior, there is no map of life, "and there is no map! and a compass wouldn't help at all!" People live through life and make their own paths, and you can't pinpoint exactly what will happen throughout that time. But even though everyone is making their own paths, and there are many things that a person can get caught up in, and people are seemingly lost, it's "ever so satisfying." This illustrates the value of being able to live life and enjoy it, rather than going through the same motions everyday and forgetting the basic joys in life and growing up. Each human is guilty of unpredictability, it's our nature. "There's definitely no logic." Humans are complex; we pollute nature which is our home, and we become cancer of the earth. We consume and consume and are so addicted to it because it's "so irresistible." We become unhappy without self-gratification. We make wars, and we kill each other. Humans are unpredictable; we humiliate and hurt each other. There's no real logic to human behavior.This song is used as a prelude to start off the story of Isobel, and the ups and downs of her life (Hemingway).The second song introduces the character of the story, Isobel. Isobel is an independent person "My name is Isobel, married to myself," meaning she doesn't depend on anyone. It starts off with her living alone in the woods and as she grows up "in her tower of steel, nature forges a deal, to raise wonderful hell," she realizes that the forest she grew up in was full of tiny skyscrapers, so as she grew, they did as well. Isobel finds herself in a city full of human civilization. Feeling all the emotional crashes of people, she becomes frightened with the city and decides to run away. At first when listening to the song, it is apparent that Isobel is an introvert and doesn't like the roller coaster of human civilization and the fact that most of the people in the city are run by their heads and not their hearts. "In a heart full of dust, lives a creature called lust, it surprises and scares." She finds that in human civilization everyone's heart is full of dust, because everyone is living through repeated motions. Everyone is thinking only with their heads, and there is lust, showing again that humans are unpredictable and lust for many things and can't be happy without self-gratification. Because of this Isobel purposefully sends a moth to cover the mouths of humans so they can't speak. "When she does it she means to, moth delivers her message, unexplained on your collar, crawling in silence, a simple...

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