Leave it to the dead cooler than cool musical trio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to make history as the first band ever to film a music video atop the Empire State Building.
As compelling a muse as Karen O is, the iconic building and glimmering skyline steal the show, particularly in the last minute, which features a breathtaking view of the sun rising over the city that never sleeps as Karen sings, “Through the darkness and the light, some sun has got to rise.” While the title of the song may lead you to believe otherwise, the video for “Despair” is hopeful and joyous, and the combination of the lyrics and the panorama of Manhattan at dawn brought a lump to my throat.
Karen O said:
“It’s a song about overcoming despair, acknowledging that it’s always going to be there, making room for it… Unhappiness is just another form of happiness, is what I read in a book recently. It’s a pretty appropriate song to be singing into the wind up there.”
I wholeheartedly agree.
2013 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Create blog.
2. Update and maintain blog.
I’ve been putting off this blog for some time and for a whole slew of reasons, but no longer! I would make a few lame starts, fumble at it for a while, feel disgusted about the whole thing, and then abandon the endeavor in embarrassment. Just getting this first post published will be a big step forward, and I hope that with continued practice, this blog will become less ‘awkward teenage romance’ and mature into something a little more sexy and fun. Admittedly, the content matter won’t be terribly deep – this will just be a place for me to share some of the things I like and think about.
Hope you’re all making fine progress with your own resolutions so far! It’s early yet, so even if you’ve already slipped up, there’s still plenty of time to get back on track. Good luck! Can’t wait to see where the next twelve months takes us all.