The Song Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

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A song that is based off the existential movement is “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. This song speaks on how “no one else”(Bedingfield) can choose your path “only you can”(Bedingfield) but because you choose your own path, whether it leads to despair or happiness, you must also take any blame that may be presented no one can take that for you either. There are many other musicians that have existential themes in their music and I have noticed that most of existentialism music seems to span from much of the well-known literature. Existentialism is prominently seen in literature through the minds of geniuses like Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Sartre. The Concept of Anxiety by Kierkegaard helps to explain the true definition of anxiety and why it exists. “Learning to understand anxiety is an adventure” (Kierkegaard). Anxiety is having fear for the unknown, so there is nothing truly there to fear. (www.uri.edu)The dark causes great fear but the fear is of something that cannot be seen. The darkness in this case would be the endless violence and death that swarms the air with its foul stench. Anxiety is seldom an object of consciousness that we can focus on but more of an inner state of being which makes it known through conceptual thought. When things such as war or mass genocide erupt “In angst we confront the fundamental precariousness of existence” (Park) until anxiety burst out of the bubble it is placed in and renders us helpless. Even though anxiety seems deathly

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