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!  😉

Bruno, don’t blame the piano! Grenade – Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars – Grenade from Mazlanlan on Vimeo.

Bruno Mars – Grenade from Mazlanlan on Vimeo.
In case the video doesn’t work watch it on this website. The song’s lyrics can be found here.

“I encourage everyone who watches this video to understand that it is an artistic interpretation of the song, and not something to imitate.” This is what Bruno Mars advises on his website.
That’s good to know, Bruno! I was already picturing in my head all those painful and somehow senseless actions you are singing about in this song.

I have to admit I quite liked the hook, the melody, the rhythm of “Grenade”. But then of course I was curious about the lyrics. Why would someone “catch a grenade, throw his hand on a blade, jump in front of a train, take a bullet straight through his brain, yes, even die” for someone else? Well, obviously because he is in love with the girl – and she is not. He would do all these things for her – but what for? To save her life? To attract her attention? To show her how much he loves her? I’ m not sure that would work – and if it worked and she would start loving him he wouldn’t look nice anymore… 😉
But it all starts with some heavy reproaches: “Easy come, easy go, that’s just how you live, oh, take, take, take it all, but you never give.” He gave her all, but she “tossed it in the trash”, she “doesn’t understand” and even seems to be the violent kind “beat me ‘til I’m numb”, coming straight from hell (“tell the devil…”). I wonder why he loved her in the first place, but then again, love happens, right, and you don’t have the choice…? Bad woman, good guy – the modern version of a drama, another bad romance?
I am not saying that people don’t do these things for someone they love. I’m not sure if I would catch a grenade, which means to kill myself to save someone else’s life – maybe I would for my children, but I don’t know if I really had the courage to do it in the very situation. But why would I jump in front of a train for someone – this doesn’t make sense, really… which leads me to the official video for this song.

The idea of dragging a piano across town and overcome several obstacles such as traffic and street gangs is quite a romantic project. I like the idea. However, we already know that the girl is a bad one, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that she is with another man. Poor Bruno decides to end his life (and the piano’s!) by positioning himself on a rail track. He kills himself because she doesn’t love him. This is suicide – and it happens all the time and has nothing to do with martyrdom and saving someone’s life. So what’s the point? I don’t really get the message. Lyrics and film tell a different story.
Can someone please come up with some less destructive ways of showing your love to someone? Dragging a piano to the beloved’s house and singing a song would indeed be a good start… 😉  Any other ideas?