Thursday, 5 April 2012

E is for Everybody Hurts by REM

You'll probably have noticed that Everybody Hurts is not a book.

I'm a bit nervous about posting this one now, though - because last week a lot of people took part in a Sad Songs blogfest, and this song was featured heavily. However, although, this song can make me cry when I'm in the right mood, for the purposes of this blogfest it's not a sad song, okay?

I was reading a blog a few weeks ago that was talking about themes. (I can't remember whose it was, so I can't credit it - sorry!) I admitted that I didn't know what my theme was, and then I heard this song on the radio and thought that's it!

It's not just the theme of one story or one novel. It's the theme I apply every time I pick up my pen - it is my theme. Everybody does hurt at some point in their lives, but that hurt will be cured (or, if you've read some of my work, killed).

I hope the Sad Songs blogfest hasn't put you off wanting to listen to this song again!

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  1. OOOH I love this song!! The great thing about this A-Z challenge is people are sharing a lot of really great songs that I haven't thought of in years!! Thanks--and what a great theme song by the way!!

    Cheers, Jenn
    http://www.wine-n-chat.com

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    1. Thanks Jenn. Yes, I agree, there's a lot of great songs floating around the A-Z!

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  2. I'm like Jenn. I haven't thought of this song in a very long time but as soon as I saw the title of this post, I started singing it.

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    1. It's a fluke I heard it on the radio, otherwise E would be quite empty!

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  3. I was one of the people who used it in the sad songs blogfest, so I can't quite view it the way you do lol. I totally get what you're saying though, and it is definitely a theme for writing, and life in general.

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    1. Yes, I remember seeing it on your blog. It was about that point I wondered if it was a song I ought to include - but I'd already written the post!

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  4. Love this song! Ahh, what a great pick for E!

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  5. Conflict can give our writing a pulse. Your characters should hurt - at least some of the time! Great Post.

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  7. One of my favourite songs by them along with 'Man on the moon'. Yes, 'Hurt' can make for powerful stories.

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    1. I can't think of a song of theirs that I don't like - great band!

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  8. Yes, I agree with Rebecca, conflict give life to our writing. It is essential. :)

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    1. There's no story without conflict/hurt - my poor characters, though, I do feel sorry for what I put them through!

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  9. that's a very comforting song.

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    1. Yes, I think so. I find the video unnerving, though.

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  10. I think most authors have a particular theme that drives nearly all if not all of their work.

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    1. I didn't think I did, until I heard this song - I thought I was aimless, so I feel pretty comforted right now.

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  11. I do like this. Alternate rock is very good at getting to emotions I feel.

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  12. Great song. And conflict, overcoming hurts - great for stories and characters. ^_^

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  13. I'd completely forgotten about this song! The video is story-fodder in itself :-)

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    1. I think I said it earlier, but I find the video unnerving. But it's pretty much what I write about!

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  14. I love this video--thank you for sharing. "Everybody hurts" is definitely a theme of my writing, and my life as a psychologist.

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    1. As a psychologist you must be able to put so much into your characters. I've always fancied the idea of a course in psychology - I should have chosen it at school, really, but my options were limited way back then!

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  15. I had an REM phase in the 6th grade. We also made a music video for it freshman year. Yeah. Good times.

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  16. "Everybody hurts" in my writing, too - emotional, physical - pain is universal, unfortunately.

    Happy A-Z!

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    1. Yes it is, but without it our writing would be lacking something.

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  17. Nothing puts me off this song, I've always loved it. Beautiful song and video. I used to love REM in college but haven't listened to them in a while. I might need to do some adding to my Ipod!

    Great E choice and I love your writing theme, those are the kinds of stories I love.

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    1. Thanks Julie. I think I'm going to have to get some of my CDs out again (CDs makes me sound so old...)

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  18. I love REM. Sad they called it quits, but we'll always have this song along with many other great ones.

    welcome to me

    yummy stuff

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    1. Yes, it is a shame they've split up. All the more reason to listen to them now :-)

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  19. As I saw this song title I was thinking, I actually can't remember how this song goes! (You know, one of those brain freeze moments) So thanks for putting the video there to remind me :)

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    1. I have those moments too, sometimes. Any excuse to put a bit of music up.

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  20. This is a great song, but I don't know what it is about REM, but they just annoy me! I always have to turn off the radio or switch stations when they come on!

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    1. Really? How strange. Although, to be honest, I had the same reaction to Willow Smith!

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  21. There were times in the distant past where I played this song over and over and over again. I don't know that I should admit that, though.

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    1. I think all teenagers need to have a song to be mournful too (I'm assuming you were a teenager?)

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  22. Having not come across it during the Blogfest, thank you for sharing this song!


    The Golden Eagle
    The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

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    1. You're welcome. I hope you enjoyed it.

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  23. That is a great song. Since I didn't participate in the other hop, I haven't heard it in a while so I enjoyed myself. Thanks for posting it!

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

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  24. You can never hear this song too many times. And I'm glad you've found your theme :-)

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