This blog, like all good writing projects, is mainly for myself, but I am going to try to make it as rigorously outward-looking as possible. I like the idea of a fairly rigid structure that I have to break in, and an OeuvreBlog is both a huge project and a very manageable one. I think it will be exciting and weird, and I hope others enjoy it, too.
I chose Bjork because she is one of the few artists whose catalogue I not only know well, but have a strong emotional connection with. Bjork’s “first” album (the quotation marks are there for the purists) came out when I was fifteen, so I’ve been there since the beginning, and I have followed her career up until the present day. Her work has shaped and influenced the way I think about music and my life. Thus, exploring her work will help me reflect on why music is important to me, and I hope, for people in general.
I am also not an apologist for Bjork. She’s made some bad choices, and some boring ones. I don’t think I need to gloss over those. There will be sections of Vespertine where I will have nothing to say, and I’ll point that out. But that’s the fun of a project like this: tossing darts, as well as bouquets.
As for what will be included/not included: I have decided to concentrate on her “canonical” works. In other words, I’m writing about Debut, Post, Homogenic, Vespertine, Medulla and Volta. Bjork has a lot of “non-canonical” work and I want to cover some of it, but I decided I didn’t want to do every goddamn song the woman has stuck her finger in. That would just be pointlessly stupid.
So, for the non-canon stuff: I will do at least some of Selmasongs (I haven’t decided if I’ll do all of them, but I probably will). I will also do two songs off of Drawing Restraint 9, “My Spine” from Telegram, “Generous Palmstroke,” maybe one or two Sugarcubes songs, a live song or two, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m making up the rules, after all. I’m also thinking of doing a few surprises (hint for one of them: It’ll knock you out). Anything to do with Bjork, after all, has to be a little fun and unexpected.
Once again, I hope you find it as interesting as I do, and I look forward to any dismissive comments about how deeply wrong I am about tiny particulars.