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Soundtrack: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Posted by Ben Collins, Today's Soundtrack  October 13, 2010 05:16 PM

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Out of this previously terrible Chilean miner event, we’ve been handed some newspaper poetry, little pieces of would-be novels that would be if they weren’t real.

There are stories of found-out mistresses and marriages rekindled. (“While underground, Mr. Rojas decided to remarry his wife,” a New York Times infographic reads.)

There were 19-year-olds who had to be taken away wrapped in blankets; 63-year-olds with bad lungs who walked away from the rescue tunnel, waving.

Yep, we got weird, sports-obsessed, barely-on-the-borderline-of-cultural-sensitivity graphics from CNN that display a countdown and a rescued-miner counter. But CNN also gave us quotes like this:

British tabloid The Sun dubbed (miner Mario Sepulveda) "Super Mario," and repeated claims that he was the "joker of the pack" who had "earlier asked rescuers to send down a blow-up doll for his colleagues."

The Big Picture gave us pictures like this:

But not much can top this.

"This hell is killing me. I try to be strong but when I sleep, suddenly I dream we are in an oven and when I wake I find myself in this eternal darkness that wears you down day by day. I will be strong for you all until the end."

Victor Segovia, who wrote that, got out of the mine this afternoon.

Today's Soundtrack: The Bloodsugars – The Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Ben Collins can't help but search beyond Feist for the zeitgeist of Today's Soundtrack, his pick of a song or songs capturing the mood or events of the moment. His musical tastes vary from Strawberry Fields to The Magnetic Fields, from Low to Skee-Lo. A North Shore native, Ben has worked at The Boston Globe and Spin and is an Emerson grad. Make your own nominations to him at ben.t.collins@comcast.net or on Twitter @globesoundtrack. More »

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