this way to the flower show

A music video is a short film or video, of variable length, that integrates a song or album with imagery that is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song.

Using a wide range of styles and contemporary video-making techniques, including animation, live-action, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film, music videos can become surreal pieces of art that convey cultural values, beliefs, and ideologies.  Their dreamscape reality opens up expression of cultural iconography, stereotypes, clichés, as well as universal archetypes.

 

Pushing past the limits of language, they speak about affirmation, universal  desires and hopes, in a dreamscape governed by song and dance, symbols and metaphors.

These hopes and fears sing,

now transcending space and time –

dance to the music.

 

NOTE:

Bongo Flava is a blend of American hip-hop, afrobeat and traditional Tanzanian musical styles, including taarab and dansi (Swahili: “dance music“). While it is influenced by American hip-hop and R&B, it is quickly distinguished from it with strong drums specific to Tanzanian music. The name translates loosely to the “flavour of Tanzania,” as bongo is a common nickname of the capital of the country, Dar Es SalaamSOURCE: Beats Without Borders

perhaps, perhaps

photo from Unsplash, digital modification by JPK

You won’t admit you love me
And so, how am I ever, to know,
You always tell me:
Perhaps, perhaps, quizás
Así pasan los días
Y yo desesperada
Y tú, tú contestando
Quizás, quizás, quizás
Estás perdiendo el tiempo,
Pensando, pensando.
¿Por lo que más tú quieres?
¿Hasta cuándo? ¿Hasta cuándo?


 

 

the Time is nigh – Halloween & the American Election

We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.

from The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft

Filk music is a musical culture, genre, and community tied to science fiction, fantasy and horror fandom 

The range of topics in filk songs stems from its cultural roots in fandom. Many songs honour specific works in science fiction, fantasy, or speculative fiction. Other songs are about science, fantasy, computers, technology in general, or values related to technological change.

I have peer’d from the casement in wonder

At the mouldering meadows around,

At the many-roof’d village laid under

The curse of a grave-girdled ground;

And from rows of white urn-carven marble I listen intently for sound.

from Nemesis by H. P. Lovecraft

By coincidence or synchronicity Lovecraft’s poem scans perfectly to Billy Joel’s song , The Piano Man. Quite the trick or treat.

 

Have a happy & safe Covid Halloween. May the 2020 American presidential election be a treat for democracy & freedom. The 2016 election was a trick that does not need repeating. Let us all hope for a better tomorrow.