Nick Cave, “The Secret Life of the Love Song”We all experience within us what the Portuguese call “saudade” which translates as an inexplicable longing, an unnamed and enigmatic yearning of the soul, and it is this feeling that lives in the realms of imagination and inspiration and is the breeding ground for the sad song, for the Love Song. “Saudade,” or longing, is the desire to be transported from darkness into light, to be touched by the hand of that which is not of this world. The Love Song is the light of God, deep down, blasting up through our wounds. In his brilliant lecture entitled The Theory and Function of Duende, Federico García Lorca attempts to shed some light on the eerie and inexplicable sadness that lives in the heart of certain works of art. “All that has dark sounds has ‘duende,’” he says, “that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher can explain.
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