A song you loved, forgot and rediscovered is always welcome in your life like an old friend. This is the case with a few songs from Nightwish, from that time when Tarja Turunen was the lead singer of this Finnish symphonic metal band.
Nightwish has many beautiful and inspiring tracks, but for today I chose a power ballad entitled Away, from the 2001 album Over the Hills and Far Away. The song tackles the theme of nostalgia: the human mind usually selects the good moments of the past, that bring joy to the heart, and it paints them in brighter colours, in a much idealistic manner then they really were. In contrast, the present is dark, hopeless, and less appealing than those blissful memories. Nostalgia is a daydream about the years gone by, a journey “to a home away from care”, but this doesn’t mean that we should live in the past. The present is just a second away from the black hole that sucks it in and stores it into our memory. Therefore, we must “cherish the moment”, overcome difficult situations and not let anyone interfere with our dreams.
Tarja’s soothing voice seems like a lullaby to the listener’s ears, especially in those nights when one is visited by overwhelming thoughts and longing for the beautiful memories of moments one has lived in the past and the loved ones who are no longer around. The flowing sounds of the electric guitar are the strong emotions of nostalgia and sadness we all feel every now and then.
In short, this is what Nightwish’s power ballad Away makes me think about when I listen to it. Which Nightwish song do you like and what does it remind you of?
by Alina Andreea Cătărău