Here's an exercise for you:
1. You have to be alone.
2. Put on something emotional. Music that is. I mean the absolutely most bittersweet, I-want-to-dissolve-into-nothing, world loving, world hating music you can think of. Its different for everyone. It should also be something epic. Don't forget, bittersweet. For me, it's Pink Floyd's "High Hopes."
3. Now, go to MSNBC's "Week in Pictures" feature. You can go through MSN, or just google "week in pictures."
4. Play said music and look at said pictures. If it works, you might feel alive. It's also possible that you feel despair. Or an amazing mixture of both.
Music is power. Seeing is tasting. Living is good. And never quite enough.
I'm not trying to be pretentious.