Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rilkean Heart, Rilkean Reality (This Is...)

Do you guys like Cocteau Twins? I do, I do. I simply love them: the dreamy songs, the beautiful lyrics, Elizabeth Fraser's otherworldly vocals.

It seems that a friend of mine loves them too. Xtin, my favorite foodie (the real deal, forget about the self-proclaimed foodies duh!), sent me a link to a video after having seen my Facebook status (Yes I have a Facebook account *blush* *blush* haha) quoting my favorite stanza from one of the poems of the great Ranier Maria Rilke. Yes, I love Rilke and his poetry, too. This is my favorite poem by him:

I live my life in widening rings
which spread over earth and sky.
I may not ever complete the last one,
but that is what I will try.

I circle around God, the primordial tower,
and I circle ten thousand years long;
and I still don't know if I'm a falcon, a storm,
or an unfinished song.

(Ranier Maria Rilke, 1875-1926)

Cocteau Twins sings out of inspiration from the German poet. The title of the song is "Rilkean Heart", and randomly selected lines from the song go a little something like this:

Rilkean heart, I looked for you to give me transcendent experiences
to transport me out of self and aloneness and alienation
into a sense of oneness and connection ecstatic and magical.
I became a junkie for it. I came looking for the next high

I'm sorry I've been putting the search on the wrong place.
I understand that you're confused, feeling overwhelmed.
Well that's a feeling state from then, the reality.

One entity on the planet, becoming truly self reliant
and become connected with something beyond me.
That is where I have to go.

Now tell me: How the hell can anyone go wrong with lyrics like these?

A similar post appears at The Last Song Syndrome.

Upcoming posts: Dum dee dum ... new playlist, weekend gigs, the usual. Stay posted. Why don't you guys tell me what you want?

(Youtube video courtesy of TIMOL69.)


xtin said...


"Like my favorite Cocteau Twins collection, pho is like music that makes me feel better when I'm down and amplifies my mood when triumphant." - Crazy Pho You, posted Oct 13, 2008

See u soon, gurl! ;)

Marika and friends said...

yes, *blush*! don't tell anyone that i have a facebook account, hahah! and don't tell anyone what we have been talking about in fb, mwahahahah!

"I am too alone in the world, and yet not alone enough
to make every hour holy.
I am too small in the world, and yet not tiny enough
just to stand before you like a thing,
dark and shrewd." (Rilke)

see you soon :) i'm off to my own ... bubblebath, hmm hmm.

Anonymous said...

extract ( Black Cat )

Glances even at an apparition
still seem somehow to reverberate;
here on this black fell, though, the emission
of your strongest gaze will dissipate:


" I believe in night "

Marika and friends said...

To Anonymous,

Did you check out for related post? It is this blog's bastard sister. :)

Thank you for visiting...I do not just believe in the night, I am a child of the night ^_^

rain contreras said...

wow. glad to have found your site. i was looking for info re "the next". wala lang. 90s sunday e haha

love it that you also post gig scheds. have been taking photos of the local scene, pero not the underground.

galeng galeng!

Marika and friends said...

rain, salamat sa iyong pagbisita, will also be checking out your blog.