SOTD: NIN – A Warm Place

Posted: October 10, 2015 in Music, Song Of The Day
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I’ve been binge watching The Walking Dead  to catch up before the new season starts. If you follow this blog you may remember me saying I hated it, but I decided to give it a second chance after a few people told me it gets better. So I did, and about halfway through Season 3 I finally got into it.

Which leads me to today’s Song Of The Day. While watching The Walking Dead, I kept hearing this background music that reminded me of something else. I couldn’t pinpoint what song exactly and it was driving me mental. Today, I finally realised it was A Warm Place by Nine Inch Nails:

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One of the things I love most about this song is that it represents the capability an artist has to defy expectations and veer off in another direction entirely.  When I first heard The Downward Spiral, I remember how much this song stood out, while still fitting perfectly within the narrative of the album.

It can be scary to do that as an artist, particularly if you’re already pinned to a specific genre, as Reznor was with Industrial music. Considering he went on to win an Oscar nearly two decades later for his work on The Social Network score, this song always reminds me of why it’s important to take a chance and follow your artistic instincts – even if you risk alienating your existing audience.

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