High Fidelity is one of my all-time, top five, favorite films. And the clip above came to mind when thinking about what I want to do with this blog: to assemble something that felt interesting and positive and worth sustaining. Simple as it is, I'm gonna share stuff I like, stuff that makes me think, or feel — possibly profound, probably absurd. Some things will pertain to the work this site exists to display even if tangentially, but nothing is bound by those constraints nor is any category off limits. The stuff that shows up here won't be for everyone, but that's sort of the point. There's already plenty out there about which to feel angry, sad, and hopeless. But not here. Life should be spent finding joy in it, and I'd like to make more space for that and take time to think a little bit about why.
My hope is to have interaction with you, the reader. And to that end, I'll begin with a question.
What was the last thing/person/song/etc. that you actually stopped to think about why you liked it and what came to mind?
Be as specific as you like and fire away in the comments.
Fwiw, my answer comes from seeing the video Love by Lana Del Rey (below) a few weeks ago. Her music was new to me, just wasn't on my radar, and I'm sure I stumbled upon it through a social media feed. I liked the song from the opening bass line, and my gosh, her voice! It'll hook you with the nostalgic gravity of summer love and I dig the lyrical tip of the cap to the Beach Boys, whose LP Endless Summer was the first music I ever purchased. I was five.
But, the video stands up on its own and I felt like I was watching a Terrence Malick short film. I'd just seen his latest feature, Song to Song which I loved, so maybe that vibe was on the brain. Though the state of music video isn't what it once was in the heyday of MTV, I just haven't seen a video echo the tone of a song so closely or elevate its message so much in a long time. The photographer in me loved the styling choices: the flower girl throwback, combining black & white and color and how that reflected the song's treatment of time, the graininess of film, and so many frames (e.g. reflection in sunglasses) make for exquisite still images. That'd be a cool gallery exhibition if the video were deconstructed that way.
Of course, the shoulder wiggle and wink during the bridge didn't hurt Lana's case either.
Check it out and see what you think...