Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jeff Mason's Song

This is a song inspired by Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. It describes a man who commits murder and then kills himself for guilt/fear. It is not a very deep song, but I believe it's entertaining nonetheless. I did not make the instrumental. The song goes in a different direction than Dostoevsky's novel, as the protagonist decides to off himself. The song also mentions his child, who unwittingly watches the news coverage of his dad's misdeed. In this way, the protagonist is seen in two ways: a loving father, a drastic gunman. This idea is reminiscent of Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem; every normal and functioning citizen has the capacity for evil. It may be that a caring dad stumbles into a violent situation. This is why the reason for the initial murder is not specified. The "why" doesn't matter, a question whose answer is really only known to the perpetrator, now dead. Instead, the importance of the story is in the yet to be realized consequences of the father's actions, that curious limbo of ignorance in which we find the protagonist's son at the song's close. I hope the audience thinks this is groovy.

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