If I were a melody, I would be Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major

Ever since the first time I watched the Swedish soft horror mini series Skuggornas Hus” (The House of Shadows) when I was 17 years old and first encountered a beautiful string quartet version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major in one of the first scenes in the series, I have always felt completely in love with the piece. It somehow embodies who I am. The multidimensional depth, the many layers of different textures and life, the persistence of the same melody but done in so many various ways, playing around with tempo and alignment; slow and gentle with just a few intruments and then fast and intense with the force of a whole orchestra. I like the slow build up and how it reaches the crescendo and then it flows into a place that feels like home to me. It feels like passion. How I imagine passion anyway. So full of life, love and devotion. 

And passion feels like home to me.

If you want to know what my soul sounds like – this is the answer.


A scene from Skuggornas Hus, directed by Mikael Håfström (1996)

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