I rarely listen to music. I'm usually computer programming, listening to NPR, reading, or watching TV. But when I sat down to listen to NPR tonight, I wasn't interested in what was on. So I did something I haven't done in perhaps years. I changed the radio station. The first station I came to was a pop music channel. I was immediately swept away in the pathos of the song that was playing. I didn't know who was singing it, although I knew I had heard the song before. I knew it was a teen pop song, and it felt embarrassing to be moved by a song that was written to appeal to teenage sensibilities. But I was moved. I didn't pay attention to the words. It was the pathos. It was like water coursing through a dry desert. It was like being raised from the sleep of Rip Van Winkle. It was like experiencing a different mode of being human: being moved and swept way in the pathos of a song.
I'm embarrassed to admit it, but it was the song by Taylor Swift. OMG--and to think that it used to take tunes like Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. How embarrassing!