The Rock Star’s Midlife Crisis? Walk – Foo Fighters

If you have watched the movie “Falling Down” with Michael Douglas, you will certainly enjoy the official video for the Foo Fighter’s new song “Walk” from the album “Wasting Light”. If not, you will nevertheless have fun:  David Grohl is a stressed-out businessman on his way to the office, caught up in a traffic jam. He decides to change his life and starts doing that by leaving his car behind and walking through the streets, encountering one mishap after the other.

The only thing he takes with him is his guitar which reminds us that he is not that businessman but a rock star on his way to the band rehearsal in a garage. In the end he gets arrested by the police amidst the glee of his band colleagues – which is not fair…at least they managed to finish recording this wonderful song “Walk”! 😉 You can read the lyrics here.

Watch the video on tape.tv here.

David Grohl sings about the  monotony of everyday life: “To whom it may concern, I think I lost my way. Getting good at starting over every time that I return”.

There is a memory of a different life though: „A million miles away your signal in the distance…“

Although it is not clear who or what is calling – one thing is for sure:  a change is necessary:

I’m learning to walk again; I believe I’ve waited long enough. Where do I begin? I’m learning to talk again, can’t you see I’ve waited long enough. Where do I begin?

Walking instead of driving, talking and listening to each other instead of sending sms on the phone – that’s just the start.

He is reminiscent of the days of his childhood and youth:

Do you remember the days we built these paper mountains, then sat and watched them burn. I think I found my place, can’t you feel us growing stronger – little conquerors…” Where has that spirit of adventure gone, where the company of friends, the feeling that no one can stop us from living our dreams?

Do we see signs of a midlife crisis with the Foo Fighters? – They certainly do have the age! When you reach the forties it’s normal and healthy to ask yourself: is this the life I want to live?

Their answer: “Now, for the very first time don’t you pay no mind. Set me free again…” You become aware that sacrifice is not always a loss and that you are evolving into someone different: “To sacrifice but knowing to survive, the first to climb another state of mind”.

You live for the day because you know that your days are numbered: “You keep alive a moment at a time but still inside a whisper to a riot”.

The song starts slow and ballad-like. In the end the riot, the protest against mortality and the limitation of life breaks ahead:

I never wanna die
I’m dancing on my grave
I’m running through the fire
Forever, whenever
I never wanna die
I never wanna leave
I never say goodbye
.”

If the Foo Fighter’s midlife crisis generates songs like “Walk”– well, then here’s to the crisis!  😉

To search and (not) to find : I still haven’t found what I’m looking for – U2

Last week I went to a convention of the Protestant Church in Germany called „Churchday“. It was actually a really big happening of 5 days with prayers and services, concerts of all kinds, workshops and discussions including some prominent political leaders like the Chancellor Angela Merkel. The age of the attendants varied from baby to seniors, everyone was in a good mood and the sun lit up the wonderfully rebuilt city of Dresden in Germany’s east. People of all denominations and beliefs talked to each other and discussed questions such as: who are we, where do we come from, where do we go and what should we do with our lives?

It was actually more about the questions than about the answers, because they are indeed hard to find. But the search is what matters, talking to each other and trying to understand the other’s points of view.

The song “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” from the album “The Joshua Tree” (1988) by the Irish rock band U2 (you may read the lyrics here and watch a video here ) is also about searching and (not yet) finding:

I have climbed the highest mountains, I have run through the fields… I have run, I have crawled,I have scaled these city walls”.

It is not quite clear what they have been looking for. „Only to be with you” – sounds like a love song, doesn’t it? The further course of the lyrics reinforces this idea: „I have kissed honey lips, felt the healing in her finger tips, it burned like fire this burning desire”. Being with the one you love is the aim of any love song, but also the disappointment which often comes with this experience – here, too: „But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for“. It looks like the love for another person wasn’t able to fill the void.

Trying out the good and the evil – “I have spoken with the tongue of angels, I have held the hand of a devil” – hasn’t done the job either: „It was warm in the night, I was cold as a stone“. It doesn’t feel right, something is missing and again: „But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

What follows is a creed of Christian essentials –„ I believe in the Kingdom come… You broke the bonds and you loosened the chains, carried the cross of all my shame”. The band U2 is known for their Christian orientation which also leads to their social and political commitment. In the end all the questions and possible answered that now divide humanity will come together : „Then all the colors will bleed into one, bleed into one” – what a beautiful picture.

And yet: although they state “you know I believe it” there are still doubts. The song ends with the words „I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

I like that. Even being a Christian you can have your doubts. The dialogue is more important to me than insisting on your own opinion. To me this is more convincing than the conviction of those who always have the right answers and no doubts. How would they know?