optimism vs pessimism

I’m both, but I’m an optimist in the end, because I always have a strong sense of wonder for everything. Even when I feel down i still think, ’mmmm, maybe there’s a song to be had from this’. As a rule, we Icelanders are gloomier folk than others because living in the high north we get very little light, but we have developed a natural immunity against that. That is why there are so many artists in Iceland - art is a natural way of dealing with gloomy feelings. But I want to prove that music can be happy and facinating at the same time. That there is as much intense emotion in ’I feel fantastic,’ as in ’oh, I’m such a martyr !’

Raw, janvier 1996