30 Day Music Challenge Day 30: King of Pain (The Police)


In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 30 is “a song that reminds you of yourself”, and again while there are a few I feel are a decent fit, this song sums up a lot about my current state of mind.

King of Pain by The Police is in large part a gathering of dark images, mostly contrasted against brighter or otherwise more pleasant ones. The chorus really says it all, speaking to both a constrained hope for being saved from this state of mind but a resignation to it after a lifetime of thinking and living like this (which ties into the stanzas, which reflect how he sees things). It’s gotten to be so darkly fascinating (er, not to be self-centered or anything) that it’s become the basis for a script I’m working on, exploring whether or not a character/person who naturally thinks like this can ever dare to amount to anything.


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