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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 281
Friday, Oct 19, 2012

“Enjoy”
Björk

1995

“♫ This is
Sex without
Touching
♫”

In 1995, after the success of Debut, for Post, Björk decided on different philosophy; she went inward instead of a more mainstream sound, as Björk explained, “The moment you’re trying to satisfy others than yourself, you’re not satisfying anyone.” “Enjoy” actually shares familiar themes with an acclaimed novel by Paulo Coelho. Björk’s “Enjoy,” reflects this passage from Eleven Minutes, when Coelho wrote, “Anyone who is observant, who discovers the person they have always dreamed of, knows that sexual energy comes into play before sex even takes place. The greatest pleasure isn’t sex, but the passion with which it is practiced. When the passion is intense, then sex joins in to complete the dance, but it is never the principal aim.”

Björk recaptured these moments from Coelho’s prose when writing “Enjoy,” as she explained, “I want to….to write with that kind of lust for life…completely full-on life, saying on the scale of one to ten I’m gonna live life at 17. They’ve got the joy for it, that fierce love for it, and also the pain.”

This is what I love about Björk’s words; she inspires thoughts inside and out. Björk songs are honest and open reflected of the love she feels echoed in her proudly voice of desire. “All people have their own way of dealing with everyday problems. Some go for walks, others get drunk and some get laid. I write songs.” Björk once said and my favorite song has to be “Enjoy” from Post. One of her most dynamic tracks, “Enjoy” was inspired by her electric coupling with Tricky. He laid down the erotic trip hop canvas as Björk laid down her sultry lyrics describing the sparks that she felt when connecting with Tricky.

Björk is brave because some of her most intimate songs are little lyrical snapshots of her past loves. “Enjoy” is no different as she once admitted, “My relationship with Tricky has a lot of energy, very raw. “Enjoy” in a way was about, ‘I wish: I want to stay here…’ but you have to move on. ‘This is sex without touching…just enjoy.’ That’s very characteristic of our relationship.”

I love the trumpet sound in the middle of “Enjoy” reflecting the climatic impulses of Björk and Tricky’s complex romantic entanglement. Björk shared some of her insights to relationships when she said, “I just find it quite funny that when you love someone – whether it’s a child or a boyfriend or whatever it is, a friend – it becomes so precious that you hide your ugly sides. Which I think is very funny because when my friends show their ugly sides to me, I’m almost honored. That means you’re very intimate with the person.”

Björk’s “Enjoy” is four minute song tribute to themes in Paulo Coelho’s novel, Eleven Minutes. Both Coelho and Björk believe, the best advice is to live and cherish by appreciating the moment because just like a flash in time, you feel her and she’s gone. “Enjoy” reflects the erotic emotions you feel in a very physical and demanding relationship, the kind that sparks you together while simultaneously breaking you apart. Björk lived it when she met and fell for Tricky. When spinning Post, remember the music, the misses & the breaths and beats in between; when Björk sings, lay back and “Enjoy” the disharmony, again.

I love this version from Post Live. This amazing performance must have sparked some intense Tricky emotions; listen for a slight hesitation when Björk starts singing the open strands of “Enjoy. ”

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