Act. 2.12 CH2 G2W – Love Is Dead

What message is the artist/group trying to transmit with the song?

Related image In the song “Love Is Dead,” Kerli communicates to her audience that love is dead. The love she once felt for an unnamed person, likely a romantic partner, has “collapsed.” Her love has turned against her. What she once felt so deeply now haunts her. It aches. Her love causes pain.

What are some lyrics that help to support this message?

With this song, Kerli grieves for her love’s ugly transformation. The song seems to describe a forbidden love that was likely born of an affair.

In the first verse, Kerli sings that the “hardest part” is when “you feel like you’re fading.” In this line, Kerli refers to a lack of or loss in significance to her previous partner, yet also a loss of her personal identity. Who is she without this relationship? Once one invests oneself wholeheartedly in another person, it can be hard to remember who one is without that person. Devotion and dedication can breed destruction when the object of one’s fidelity is removed. However, I believe that Kerli chose to leave this relationship, which is the reason she sings that all [she] want[s] is right here.” If one accepts the theme of cheating, then one might be able to view Kerli as the mistress in the aforementioned relationship.

As a mistress, Kerli has little power in effecting change in the ongoing and official relationship her partner is engaged in. Her partner, likely unwilling to leave this relationship, thus provides little security or stability for their love. For this reason, Kerli made the difficult decision to leave her secret relationship, and after Kerli forfeits the illicit, yet impassioned affair, she feels lost. She seeks to overcome her rotten love by repeatedly affirming that “love don’t live here anymore.” She wants to assure herself that she made the right decision. She cannot regret, not now, not ever, though she longs for her partner again. All she wants is within her reach, but it comes with the price of secrecy and uncertainty. The film Match Point describes this type of doomed nature in cheating quite dramatically.

How would you describe the musical style of the song? In what ways does the style of singing and instrumentation help convey the rhetorical argument? 

The song begins with a powerful drum beat and a melodic cello and violin instrumental. Together, these instruments form a narrative that is both treacherous and beautiful. The steady pace of the instrumentation evokes a sense of storytelling, informing an atmosphere that is similar to a fairy-tale. Included in the song is an apostrophe to Kerli’s ex-partner, but, taken as a whole, the song’s lyrics appear to cry out towards a larger audience. Kerli wants listeners to learn from her experience and seek a secure love that does not consume their entire being or meaning. The orchestra in this song is significant to Kerli’s execution of her message.

The composition of the piece seems to describe the navigation of a dangerous path. It’s as if one has to look over one’s shoulder while listening to this song.  By employing a sense of danger, the ballad mimics the traitorous and deceptive nature of Kerli’s secret relationship.

In the song, Kerli’s vocals are slightly distorted. She sounds as if she is singing from behind a glass wall, showing that she is both unsure of the words she is singing to herself, and afraid of being honest about her doubt of the worthiness of her relationship. The instrumentation is forceful and almost overpowers Kerli’s voice at times. One is never unaware of the thematic orchestra scoring Kerli’s ascent through perilous territory. As the song advances, however, Kerli angelic voice increases in power. She continuously repeats and chants variations of “love is dead, love is gone, love don’t live here anymore,” alternating between singing these words, chanting them, and crying them to the audience.

The song’s orchestra alternatively escalates in tempo and decreases in pitch as the song continues. This combination foreshadows the final climax of the song, which is left ambiguous as the song culminates in a twinkling of chimes and a clash of guitar screeching. Kerli’s emotions burst forth as the instruments pound at the glass she is trapped behind, until, finally, her voice trembles with its open, loud declaration. Yet, slowly, her voice retreats behind an anxious duet between the cellos and violins. One is left unsure of her ending as the song completes.

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Activity 1.5 G2W

Question 1: What would you think if you received such a memo? How is Elop ignoring kairos in his memo? Reread the section earlier in the chapter in which kairos is discussed, and then decide with your group how Elop fails to take kairos into consideration in writing his memo. Report to the class.

If I had received this memo, I would have been astounded at the lack of respect shown towards myself and my colleagues. Elop flattens kairos in this memo by unneccesarily detailing the future business strategies of a company 12,500 employees can no longer be a part of. Elop first fails to take kairos into consideration when he fails to recognize the appropriate time constraints of such a memo. By droning on endlessly about the future plans of Microsoft, Elop leaves readers in a cruel, anxiety-ridden limbo – forcing them to wait for the knowledge of whether their next paycheck is secure or not. The rhetorical situation Elop is in does not condone distraction from the most important information held within the memo, yet Elop buries the certainty of his employees’ futures beneath drivel about upcoming marketing changes. Kairos both “provides and limits opportunities for appeals suitable to [the] moment,” but Elop disregards the selflessness fitting for this type of memo. Much of the memo is devoted towards the company’s future plans, which thousands of employees whom no longer have a job at Microsoft should not have to read about.

Question 2: Discuss what employees would have preferred to hear from Elop, assuming they must be laid off. Share your conclusions with the class.

Employees would likely have rather heard the lines that Kevin Roose offers at the beginning of his article. Lines such as “Thank you for your years of service” and “We appreciate all that you have done for us” often seem cliché or meaningless in their overuse, but at least they provide the facsimile of emotion from the company now severing you from its workforce. Parting condolences and appreciation is necessary for any employee receiving the news that he or she no longer has a job. No one wants to feel expendable, or easily forgotten in the wake of new business partnerships and company remodeling. Former employers should acknowledge the value of the work former employees have put into their company. The discontinued presence of former employees should mean something to the company, and that meaning should exude through grateful, gracious language and remorseful terminology.