Losing My Religion (shifted to a Major Key)
A friend emailed me a link to this video (by way of BoingBoing)
Someone put “Losing My Religion” by REM through some processing, and turned the song from a minor to a major key. While you can hear the occasional pitch-shiftiness on the vocals, and one or two chord changes don’t seem to settle in quite perfectly, the impact is nonetheless absolutely fascinating. What had been a linchpin of 90’s alternative melancholia and loner rock becomes this almost defiant pop perk of a track.
Weird, I’m not sure of how to process this.
I want a breathy, twee indie band to cover this and make the Zooey Deschanel movie makeover complete.
A lot. Of. Feelings.
This song, Losing my Religion by R.E.M., was my dad’s favorite song in his last few years of his life. He listened to it over and over again. He and I both happened to discover it and love it at the same time without realizing it, which was cool. When I came home for Christmas break my freshman year of college, we played through the entire CD together. Shortly after my father died, I was going for one of my many Moody Walks and listening to a playlist of songs he liked and I got to this line,
"That’s me in the corner. That’s me in the spotlight, losing my religion. Trying to keep up with you, and I don’t know if I can do it." I totally broke down. My daddy. My daddy knew he was dying. He knew people were looking at him, and he was simultaneously in the corner ("out of commission") and in the spotlight. He was struggling to keep up and be ‘normal’ even though he was sick. And the ending — that was just a dream, that was just a dream. Even when he was in the hospital, on his death bed, he talked to my mom about how excited he was to get better so he could go for bike rides again.
Oh Daddy. :( :( :( I miss you so much and I’m so sorry you were sick and I’m so sorry you hurt and I wish I had spent every waking minute with you. I love you so much Daddy. I’m so sorry.