I don’t have much to say about this video so here’s some Until The Ribbon Breaks trivia! UTRB often writes their music in front of a projector. According to frontman Pete Lawrie-Winfield, “For me, it just allows my mind to wander further than the confines of where it normally would. Silent moving images of nature, space, a busy street, whatever it maybe, take on a new sense of gravitas when soundtracked and vice versa. The music is given meaning by the image.”
Today’s music video of the day is the video for Jade Bird’s Lottery, which dropped just two days ago on the 18th.
It’s a lovely song with an appropriately straight-forward music video. It was directed by Kate Moross, whose first directorial credit (according to the imvdb) was for Alpines’s Ice and Arrows in 2011. Between that video and this one, Moross has directed videos for Jessie Ware, Arthur Beatrice, Disclosure, Wild Beasts, All We Are, and others.
Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday! If he were still alive today, he would be 209 years old. He would probably be the oldest man on the planet. Certainly, I think we would all be rather amazed at his vitality. Unfortunately, Poe is no longer with us. He was only forty years old when he died but his influence lives on.
You would think that there would be a hundred music videos based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Well, you would be wrong. While Poe’s work has inspired countless musicians (and there have been several songs based on his work), there aren’t many “official” music videos of those songs.
(There’s plenty of unofficial and amateur videos, of course. But, for music video of the day, I know that Val preferred to use only official videos and, while I’m filling in for her, I’m going to abide by her rules.)
However, there is a band that was not only influenced by Poe but which proudly displays that influence. Edgar Allan Poets is a Los Angeles band that lists its two greatest influences as being Poe and Hitchcock. Their music has a haunting, rather dream-like feel to it.
Today’s music video of the day is this creepy, black-and-white video of Flint Eastwood’s Monster.
While watching this video, you’ll undoubtedly notice that it features a hairless cat. I love cats but I have to admit that hairless cats totally freak me out. I guess it’s because the sight of a hairless cat forces you to consider just how much of the inherent cuteness of cats has to do with their fur. Personally, I think that my cat Doc is the cutest cat ever but would I still feel the same way if he didn’t have all of that black fur? It’s a fair question.
Of course, what’s ironic is that cat’s don’t even care or notice what color their fur is. They’re color blind and, for the most part, they hate each other equally regardless of color or socio-economic background.
As long as I’m continuing to make everything about me, I should also point out that I have really bad eyesight and I think it might be getting worse! This video reminded me of how much I’m not looking forward to going to the optometrist next week.
When I saw The Commuter at the Alamo Drafthouse yesterday, this video was shown as a part of the pre-show. It’s actually taken from a 1974 ABC special, Ridin’ The Rails: The Great American Train Story. Apparently, the entire special was Johnny Cash riding trains across America, while singing some of his favorite train-related songs.
I imagine that it was ultimately meant to be something of a commercial for Amtrak, which was only 3 years old when Ridin’ The Rails aired. Myself, I’ve always found trains to be very romantic and one of my most beloved memories of Italy is riding the train into and from Venice. I’ve never been on Amtrak, though. I guess that’s because I’m a Southern girl and, down here, we love our cars too much to ever ride a train.
(I do remember, a few years back, watching a bunch of people from up North having a televised conniption over how little we care about Amtrak in the South. It struck me as being kinda weird and petty but anyway…)
Ridin’ The Rails was directed by Nicholas Webster. If that name sounds familiar, that might be because Webster also directed my favorite Christmas movie, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!