Thursday, February 10, 2005

Name that song.

"Octavo Dia" is an anti-war song by Shakira. The general gist of the song is that, after God rested on the seventh day, He returned on the eighth day (thus the title) and saw the mess we had made of His good creation. The melody and the lyrics weren't what struck me, it was the background imagery played at her concerts. It begins with the image of a chessboard, with Bush and Hussein playing chess. As the song goes on, the pieces become model oil wells and missiles. Then the pieces become real. Then it cuts to a montage of war footage--burning oil wells, crying children, usw. Bush and Hussein collapse on the chess board. They're marionettes. The camera scans up and Death is the one pulling the strings. Pacifism is normally such a passive philosophy, yet the juxtaposition of chess--with all its connotations of strategy and rationalism--linked so closely to death is such a powerful metaphorical attack on the political philosophy of realism. I argue poorly with metaphors, but more on this later.

3 Comments:

Blogger Hamlette said...

For those of you who may have been confused by it, 'usw' is the German version of 'etc'. Just fyi ;-)

Oh, and OD, if you don't allow anonymous comments, how's your livejournal-ing brother gonna comment on your blog? You might wanna change that option...

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Noumenon said...

usw... that's sneaky. How did you acquire the habit of using the German version? Doesn't save any letters, they're both foreign language, &c...

7:38 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

I had two years of German in college. Some of it sticks around and pops up at unexpected moments.

7:47 AM  

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