creativity is cool

"Her Morning Elegance", Oren Lavie
[ht: Mark]

UPDATE 02/01: What a hauntingly lovely song. Just found the lyrics and I'm even more impressed by the whole production:

Sun been down for days
A pretty flower in a vase
A slipper by the fireplace
A cello lying in its case

Soon she’s down the stairs
Her morning elegance she, wears
The sound of water makes her dream
Awoken by a cloud of steam
She pours a daydream in a cup
A spoon of sugar sweetens up

And she fights for her life as she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain as it pours
And she fights for her life as she goes in a store
With a thought she has caught by a thread
She pays for the bread and she goes
Nobody knows

Sun been down for days
A winter melody she plays
The thunder makes her contemplate
She hears a noise behind the gate
Perhaps a letter with a dove
Perhaps a stranger she could love

And she fights for her life as she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain as it pours
And she fights for her life as she goes in a store
With a thought she has caught by a thread
She pays for the bread and she goes
Nobody knows
Nobody knows

And she fights for her life as she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain as it pours
And she fights for her life as she goes in a store
Where the people are pleasantly strange
And counting the change as she goes
Nobody knows
Nobody knows
Nobody knows

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5 thoughts on “creativity is cool

  1. Tim Wade says:

    Rick, since you obviously appreciate this type of art – as do I – I would appreciate an answer to this question this video, as strange as it may sound.
    My dad would in no way appreciate art in this manner. He would find it to be little more than meaningless fluff created by someone with a lot imagination and talent, but fluff nonetheless. My question to you is, why should one appreciate art of this type? What permament value does it add to society such that it warrants human reverence? Or are we wasting our time creating such things? Don’t get me wrong, I am not discounting the quality this videp, or art in general. But let us admit that the ethereality of such things is at best esoteric. So when guys like you and look at such things, and give the sigh, what value are we to share with those who see such things as little more than, fluuuufffffff…..

  2. Rick says:

    This is just me, of course – but if the same old story with the same old characters and same old plot twists is used to tell the same old thing, it just gets old. Something like this tells the same old story in a new twisting stick-in-your-psyche kind of way. The song by itself is lyrical and beautiful, with the word choices adding a depth beyond the she’s-sad-about-her-life plotline. And the video adds artistically to the dreamlike-state I think we all go through sometimes, is this real or is it not, in our own depression, perhaps.
    Your question is like “why parables?” when talking about how Jesus spoke to people. Parables, good stories, lyrics, artistic renderings, give us a chance to look at what we’ve always seen and hopefully see it for the first time in a way that’s meaningful again.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for posting that Rick. Wow.
    It’s not fluff at all.
    That’s exactly where I am right now.

  4. Caryn says:

    That was way cool. Fluff? Depends on if you think art is fluff. A lot of what art does is beautify the good, bad and ugly. Like David did with the psalms – a lot of them are just laments, but they’re beautiful, and they remind me I’m not alone. This video does that, too. It’s a bit of a lament, but quite beautiful, and even more than that, it’s a metaphor. Why get out of bed? Is anythings that we do really worth getting up for? Not only David but Solomon would get it.

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