What makes "losing my religion" so great ?Every age and era brings a revolution in music. 1800s were for orchestras and operas. Early 1900s are for jazz. From 1960s to 2009, Rock music ruled graciously. 1970s were the birth of metal. From 1990s techno and pop music are in craze. Lately the music industry id engrossed by hip hop.
The song "Losing my religion" is by the rock band REM. This song instantly became a hit in 1991 and is still considered one of the greatest rock songs. But this wasn't just another rock song in the rock era. Losing my religion is a song that is interpreted differently but different fans.
If you haven't heard this rock classic yet, please listen to it.
The video of the song is heavily symbolic and has references from Genesis to Renaissance. The video is very abstract and is not so great in itself. The music too, is backed heavily by a mandolin than a guitar. But the lyrics and the aesthetic scenes and music altogether spin a very interesting and a very memorable song. For an instance a stanza goes like this:
"I thought that I heard you laughing.
I thought that I heard you sing.
I think I thought I saw you try."
Can you witness the explicit self-doubt in those lines? The singer is so unsure of his own feelings and senses. He wants to let someone know how he feels but he himself is not fully aware of them. Those three lines are the epitome of how to explain your personal torment in very simple words. The splendid vocals and lyrics makes the pain so visible that it is impossible not to feel.
This was one of the very few cases where I was impressed a lot by a lyricist's talent.