I did a bit of shopping today. I picked up James Joyce's short story collection, Dubliners. I'm feeling the need to read the story, "The Dead." According to Sheila, it has the best ending ever and it does sound quite enjoyable. Plus, I'm not sure if I've ever read James Joyce before and I feel I should.
I also went looking for some new Tobias Wolff books, since I enjoy him much. I didn't have any luck at the smaller used bookstore here in Vancouver, so I hit Powell's in Portland--which is, uh, kind of big--and I picked up four books, including another short story collection from Wolff. I'll probably be reading that soon.
I also bought a new CD--Never Take Friendship Personal by Anberlin. They're a rock/punk/emo band--whatever you want to call that brand of music that includes Thursday and Taking Back Sunday and The Used and so on. It's nothing amazing or original, to be sure, but I'm enjoying it. It's overly produced, very slick and certain of itself, lots of raging guitars and heavy drums and intense, emotional, loud vocals--all of it overlayed with a heavy sense of melody. It's good stuff, even if I've heard it all before and heard it done better. Still, I'm enjoying it.
Except for this one song, "Audrey, Start the Revolution!" The song is fine, for the most part, until it comes to the end. Then it does something horrible, awful, something that I simply cannot abide. It fades out. I fucking hate fading out. It is utterly inexcusable. There is no reason for it at all. It's lazy and pointless, a total cliche, so horribly unthoughtful that I want to gouge out my eyes. Why would anyone ever fade out a song? What, you just couldn't come up with a real ending so you found a line to repeat over and over for thirty seconds while you make it quieter? What kind of crap is that?
I don't want to be lulled out of a song, I want to be punched out of it. I want to gasp, not drift away. There should be a final line and it should kick my ass. Hell, it doesn't even have to be impressive, just give it a proper ending. Fading out is a complete cop out. It's pathetic. It's boring. It's evil. I thought I had largely heard the end of the fade out, but every once in awhile it pops back up to annoy the hell out of me.
Just end your songs, people. Don't back slowly out of the room and hope I don't notice.