oh baby..revisited

I love surprises! Don’t you?

I especially love it when those surprises spring from the same well.

“oh baby” by LCD Soundsystem. It’s a sublime song. I spoke about the joy of hearing it for the first time in my last post.

Another thing that gives me joy is storytelling. Particularly visual storytelling. Films, long form TV shows and when it’s done well, music videos.

For the past 2 years and 4 months I’ve been revisiting “oh baby” on Spotify.

I never once thought to go onto YouTube and look for its music video. However, I chanced upon it a few days ago. I’d been dissociating* again. It wasn’t fun. But once again art pierced through and allowed light to seep into me.

The music video is a short film set to music. I wish more musicians did this rather than use music videos as a promotional tool for their songs.

As I watch the opening frames of the video lead from pencils makes marks on paper. I’m then greeted by the stars of this story, David Strathairn and Sissy Spacek. They’re scientists working on a teleportation device and they’re in love with each other.

Because it’s set to music, there’s no dialogue. But their love is visible in each frame. Each shot and scene conveys more than any dialogue ever could.

This is why I want to be a screenwriter. Telling a story in pictures is an art form and the director, Rian Johnson delivers a poignant masterclass.

Sissy Spacek and David Strathairn‘s devotion to each other…..I can’t take my eyes off of them. I really can’t. I can’t help but care deeply about them. I wanna see them win in their pursuit of creating a teleportation machine.

Seconds and minutes elapse and I travel through time and space.

Intrigue draws me in, enchantment keeps me there and I return to my life with sorrow.

I process it all and I walk away with hope.

I’m crying.
I’m emotional.
I’m inspired.

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