A bit of macabre

Two things clicked in my head as I made my usual Internet rounds today, reading blogs, catching up on social media, soaking in the events of the day in quick little bursts. Maybe it’s my recent short attention span or I’m in a bit of a funk of a mood. But life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine and a lot of times, it’s the way you construe the world around you that dictates how you feel.

Today: feeling a bit low. And this stuff is right up my alley.

First, it’s the 88th birthday of Edward Gorey, a writer and illustrator whose tastes ran to the slight macabre. I first learned about him after seeing a book (or maybe it was a calendar) at my sister’s place. It lists each letter of the alphabet and then the picture portrays a little kid dying in some gruesome way. Compellingly weird, right?

Doing a Google image search brought up a ton of really interesting images too, some dark and ominously eerie, some bordering on funny, mostly all black and white and sketchy looking. I like this Nightmare before Christmas-ish looking one.

Then I came across this re-cut trailer for one of my favourite movies growing up: The Sound of Music. You know, the film soaring with timeless songs, the father who gradually softens towards his seven children with the help of an impetuous governess? The happy, frolicking good time classic? Not in this version:

Don’t get me wrong – I’m in general an upbeat person. I’ve had a lot of time lately to be more introspective and I know I have it pretty good. I do. Once in awhile though, it’s easy to let the less sunshiney thoughts creep through your head, feel a little sorry for yourself, stuck in time and there’s really nothing wrong with that either.

Waiting for more sunny blue skies soon and in the meantime, hope you all have a great weekend.

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