Today I want to speak about a song I discovered recently, A Monster Like Me. It is sung by Kjetil Mørland and Debrah Scarlett, the ones who represented Norway in Eurovision this year. To be honest, I was hoping they would win.
It is, without a doubt, a beautiful song. The sound, the lyrics, the theme… everything. Well, maybe not the video, that could have been better. Then again, it could have also been worse. Mørland and Debrah look very elegant and there is a certain air around them which allows us to imagine how they would fit in a gothic story, perhaps. You get the feeling that everyone is not only in an enclosed space, but also in a bubble where time slowed down. Even when the guests act… the way they act, the movements are slowed down. Amidst the madness, the focus remains on the protagonists. Not always near, in all this chaos, they only look at each other. Watching the video without the sound, you get the feeling that the whole world can burn; if they’re together, nothing can harm them.
I actually love the song mostly because it reminds me of Beauty and the Beast (and of rumbelle, this could definitely be their theme song). There’s something extremely tender, but also melancholic about it. There’s strength in the singers’ voices, but the lyrics bring a touch of vulnerability. I better set you free and give you up/ Just wave and say goodbye and let you live/ Without a monster like me. Now, we don’t actually know what they’ve done, but a different aspect is important: the desire to make the other one happy, even if that happiness is found with someone else. It’s not a new theme, it’s been used many times before in literature or films and it can easily become a cliché. However, the way in which it is used here makes it special. There’s love, longing and a deep pain hidden under layers of emotion. Oh, and let’s not forget about that darkness coming forth in the video (no, I’m not talking about the room itself) and lingering just one step behind words.
I can’t really pinpoint a different reason for me liking this song so much, except for the fact that it can be perceived as a reflection of real situations, but, most importantly, it would make such a beautiful modern fairytale. Think about its potential… obviously, we’re talking about romance here, but what kind of ending would suit it better? Because the video leans towards a happy one, but the song itself is not as clear. It’s up to you to fill in the blanks. So, if anyone turns this into a story, I can already feel the angst and mystery. What could possibly happen that would make people call themselves monsters? And yet humanity isn’t defeated. They might think that they don’t deserve forgiveness and a second chance and they harbor more hate than one might guess. But that hatred is directed to themselves, while every shred of love they could feel is given to someone else, someone seen as better and worthier. And yes, in case you couldn’t tell, I know stories and films which play with this idea. I want more!
That’s it for now, my lovelies. I hope you’ve enjoyed the song, that it inspires you to create… anything and everything (I’m looking at you, fandoms!). Whatever you decide to do, create something new or just listen to it, I guarantee that you’ll like it.
by Elena Atudosiei