July 27, 2016

Echo, Narcissus and Donald

“Echo and Narcissus” by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)   Our previous blog post entitled “Narcissism Then and Now” featured the famous painting by Caravaggio of Narcissus, the character from Greek mythology who, having fallen in love with himself, lay paralyzed until the day of his death gazing at his reflection in a pool of water. Above is another painting of Narcissus done in 1903 by John William Waterhouse, an English painter who was part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in art. This work broadens the coverage of the myth by including the nymph, Echo, who is gazing with longing on the […]
July 21, 2016

Narcissism Then and Now

“Narcissus” by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610)   There is no question that “narcissism” is the theme of “Only You,” especially since the word is prominently featured in the punch line of the chorus. When we were finalizing the recording I was advised that I should not use such a technical, clinical term in a song. I sympathize with that view and agree that as a general rule, on purely artistic grounds, one should avoid using words in a song which end in “ism.” I have yet to hear a song which utilizes the word “uniformitarianism” and celebrates […]
July 21, 2016

The Making of “Only You”

Long before I gave much thought to the phenomenon of Donald Trump I had written most of the “Only You” song. My purpose in writing it was to explore the psychology of narcissism from the perspective of one who has been afflicted by that spiritual sickness. I was interested in understanding the causes for my own brand of self-centeredness and the book I have mentioned elsewhere, Why Is It Always About You: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism, by Sandy Hotchkiss, was of great help to me. With the rise of Donald Trump as a political phenomenon, his domination of […]