crazy in love..

I believe that melancholy has a feeling of static forbearance.
My work is characterized by sorrow and searching.

I always say that I’m looking for a connection with something good, like hope. And I’m becoming more and more aware that joy and sorrow are part of the same. This points back to The Cripple & the Starfish, which screams of joy for something redeeming/cathartic.

I often think of trees or something else that grows.
I think trees are in pain when they grow. It hurts to grow and it hurts to live, but the miracle is that it is still beautiful – and there is reason for great joy.

[.antony’s norwegian interview.]

a few months ago i was able to experience antony live and ever since then, ive been thinking of his unbelievable performance with the brooklyn philharmonic orchestra, covering beyonce’s crazy in love. 

luckily over the weekend, antony and the johnsons played dalhalla sweden and to my surprise shared this very special rendition.  without any lack of hesitation, antony perfectly turns a mainstream pop song into pure emotional darkness.

crazy in love
[live, dalhalla sweden, june 2, 2007]

.watch the video.

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9 Responses

  1. Tom

    just stopping by to say how beautiful your site is. Thanks for the little ray of sunshine : )

  2. FiL

    Once more with syntax and spelling corrected…
    That is a most wonderful and unexpected cover! And he does such a cute little dance…

  3. musicisart

    aww thankyou tom, thats very kind of you to say.

    fil.. im so glad you enjoyed it. i love how much antony gets into the music!

  4. sebalaura

    Thank you so much for posting this! antony is such an amazing and wonderful being. His voice, the way he moves, his total involvement give me chills. His childlike innocence and vulnerability have the power to transform this song into such a profoundly human cry for love. Transcendantal.

  5. pepe

    IT REALLY IS FUCKING AMAZING! thank you very much for putting it up!

  6. Bo

    Hi Mia!

    Thank you for sharing ‘Crazy’ Antony. I saw his concert in Vienna 2 years ago, to my surprise, after the gig, I passed him by at the exit while he’s about to run to his car, no other fans was there, so I was able to just greet and hug him! And he was really down to earth to me:) Great artworks and website of yours!