Saturday, January 14, 2006

Videoh #2: When there's nothing left to burn you have to set yourself on fire

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The Stars are a Canadian wunderband with conections to Broken Social Scene. The song "Your Ex Lover is Dead," was among my favorites of last year. And the associated video (stills above) adds further poingnancy and depth. The video is a clear reference to a shot in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And seeing the reference played out here seems to add nuance, imbue it with a different shade of meaning. Or connect the song and the film more deeply than if they were independent. The song, like the film, is about the memory of lost loves, the shock, the recollections being all we have. And all that being OK. It's OK. There's nothing to regret. He sings: "I'm not sorry I met you. / I'm not sorry it's over. / I'm not sorry there's nothing to say." She sings: "This scar is a fleck on my porcelein skin/Tried to reach deep but couldn't get in..." We can lay together on this plain of ice. We can gather warmth from each other. We can ignore the cracks spreading, deepening. We can ignore (evade) the plunge for a little while. When we emerge, soaked in icy water, alone, we wont be frozen to the core because the memory keeps a tiny warm ember aglow within us. Something like that. Oh winter! She's a sonofabitch.

*[Update Oct 21, 2007] Hi all you googlers looking for the meaning of this song and stumbling upon this post. Here's the video to look at, and take a look at my blog, it's written in the melancholy, searching spirit of this song:

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