Ólafur Arnalds’ Eulogy for Evolution 2017 1440 is musical symmetry.
I am in Week Six of Julia Cameron’s Finding Water. Now 18 weeks into her writings, she professes somewhere along the way that we do not celebrate enough the work of other artists who are brave enough to be themselves. I must do that here with the work of Ólafur Arnalds and a piece called 1440.
The piece is sublime, intoxicating, and contrite, all in the course of it’s six-minute fifty-six-second life.
I breathe, I whisper, I cry, I dream, I remember, I pray, I hope, I long for what was and what still will be in this song’s life.
I know nothing of his intent in writing this piece, but the Piano Channel of Apple TV plays it once or twice daily of late and when I hear it, I stop what I’m doing and close my eyes and enter the world of the music.
This is what music is made for, to take us somewhere. To our own place. Not the one the composer designed, but to the place only we can share with God. And that’s what happens when I am enjoined with the sounds of this piece.
The song is available on iTunes.
Here’s one video interpretation. I’m not sure of the video’s point. I can’t determine the storyline but the work is good.
Regardless, a salute to Ólafur Arnalds for this fine song. It has a special place in my heart. Thank you.