You gotta hand it to that indie rock band OK-GO. I’d earlier placed two of their videos – the amazingly innovative one with an elaborate arrangement of dominoes & the one known as the ‘Treadmill song.’ They’re in this post: https://gipsygeek.wordpress.com/2010/04/12/this-too-shall-pass/
OK-GO’s videos are made with no computer effects and shot in one take. And their latest one released three days ago is a real heart-warmer. They took almost 100 takes of the sequence and the one released for the video is the 72nd take.
Since writing my last post, and since the time I’d seen the videos of the truth behind fur (Saltationism of Silliness), I’d been saddened and horrified for days and nights on end. Somewhere, the repulsion at that injustice still stays within. How can people who endorse and work for fur be so cruel? So watching this video this week was truly heart-warming. And a much needed laugh. Dogs – those devoted, trusting brown-eyed givers of unconditional love. Take a gander. Or rather, a sniff and a woof:
I must have been buried in some nerdy bookworld to have missed the following vid. It was released as some much-needed heat in the snowy winter early this year. When you start a blog, you can see in your dashboard search terms people use. And in the initial months, I’d get a few searches ‘Shakira Gypsy’ that had led a few to my blog. (Luckily ‘gipsy geek’ remains a top search word, since this blog has a steady readership now, and has been passed around.) I only decided last week to check what people were looking for when they typed the ‘Shakira Gypsy’ phrase (yeah, I’m glacially slow in checking certain things) and santa calor!! who would have guessed?! The world No. 1 tennis champ getting sweaty with the seductive curves of lady Shakira!
That man who plays in those long goofy bermuda shorts in this surprisingly sexy-though-cute persona! Goes to show how there are so many sides to multifarious people but our perception of their image can often get pigeonholed to the one that is primarily seen. We’re often seeing his rival Federer advertising for apparel and razors, but have to admit this video certainly beats Roger and many other sportsmen – in its shirtlessness and sharpness and the on-screen chemistry of the duo. You wish you didn’t have to always associate ‘Spanish’ with ‘fiery’ and ‘passionate’ (Nadal of course is Spanish and Shakira a Spanish-Lebanese mix) but darn – this song sure shows a side of Nadal which, after watching, the image of that focused dorkiness he displays on the tennis court is forever shattered. It’s always the quiet shy ones ;-) Not to mention Shakira’s signature shakes of vocals and ….er, of her round radiant rear. Muy caliente!
Here’s more on the making of Gypsy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_%28Shakira_song%29 About the title, her explanation was:
“(The song represents my) way of living and seeing life. I’ve been on the road since I was very young, so that’s where the gypsy metaphor comes from.” (Also) “Gypsies are travelers of life, always absorbed in different cultures and learning from them”.
*woof, woof, wowza, ruff!*
MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN
Mad dogs and Englishmen may go out in the midday sun, but my favourite rock band would rather venture out in the dark side of the moon. If the above two videos were not so much for the music itself but only for the imagination of choreography with dancing dogs, and the second for the out-of-usual-context presence and pleasant shock of seeing the Tennis world’s No. 1 player doggy-styling artistically choreographed poses, this one is mainly for its timeless music and lyrics. One of my all time top favourite songs that I can hear over and over and over again. From the group whose quality and innovation has been as consistent and staunch as the proverbial metaphor of the English bulldog.
Time. Turbulent. Tenacious. Timeless.
Breathe, breathe in the air
Don’t be afraid to care
Leave, but don’t leave me
Choose your own ground
Long you live and high you fly
And smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be…..
Run, rabbit run
Dig that hole, forget the sun
And when at last the work is done
Don’t sit down
It’s time to dig another one.
(excerpt from Pink Floyd ‘Breathe’ Album Dark Side of the Moon)