Who’s Going To Save My Soul?

The riveting, sublime depth of this space-blues cut is a naked cry of the human condition. The over-used line, “It is better to have loved & lost….” stalks this video in quite gruesome yet clever detail, but the point is made. This song reminded me of the work of the great poet Rainer Rilke in his book, “Love & Other Difficulties”. That book (one of many) really opened me up to certain realities as a young lad filled with vexatious ambivalence towards my motives as well as the motives of others. Rilke gives us the following letter he wrote to a friend many moons ago which breathes a fantastic rendering of the video:

To love is good, too: love being difficult.
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps
The most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate,
The last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
For this reason young people, who are beginners in everything,
Cannot yet know love: they have to learn it.
With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered close about their lonely, timid, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love.
But learning-time is always a long, secluded time, and so loving, for a long while ahead and far on into life, is–

Solitude, intensified and deepened loneness for him who loves.

Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over& uniting with another
(for what would a union be of something unclarified and unfinished, still subordinate–?),
It is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him…

Something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.

Whew!! That’s intense. Go ahead and marinate on that for a while….



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