Is this a quote from Florence Welch? I like her. I like her music. But this quote? ”I have always been attracted to the glamour of sorrow. I think I have always been interested in the juxtaposition between a beautiful song and a painful subject material.”
Ok. I get it. I do. I get the broader point and statement. I DO. But I’m just going to use this as a handy little springboard to rant about “angst=art.”
I call bullshit. I’m a tired old grown up who sees too many people grab onto “the glamour of sorrow” and find themselves unable to let go.
I also want to thank you, Renaissance artists. Way to make suffering look hella fantastic. I’m thinking of any Passion of Christ depicted in art, ever. You too, Romantics and Pre-Raphaelites. If I see one more beautiful dead Ophelia floating downstream…
Sorrow isn’t glamorous. It’s just sad. Romanticizing suffering & time spent chasing “the glamour” of pain isn’t time well spent. It isn’t an automatic depth-maker. The braver thing? Seek connection, friendship, happiness. Those things are hard, take work and lack that ‘cool, brooding factor.’ I’ve spent an awful lot of time digesting the deaths of people who took themselves out of their own story far too soon, because the allure and ‘glamour’ of pain are hellishly promoted. In movies, advertisements, fashion, literature (Helloooo, every Gothic writer who ever lived. You get back over here, Russian lit! You’re in trouble too).
Yes, I get it. Florence was making a broader statement. I understand that. But.
Sadness puts baby in a corner. It’s restrictive, it cuts you off, it makes you cover up.
"The glamour of sorrow" my ass.