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OK Go: All Together Now – karanténvideó a szuperklipjeiről elhíresült zenekar új dalához

2020. május 13., 17:34

A szuperötletes videóiról ismert OK Go amerikai indie pop kvartett tagjai a Flaming Lips-producer Dave Fridmann-nel készült 2014-es Hungry Ghosts című legutóbbi albumukhoz három év alatt öt klipet forgattak (időközben volt 2015-ben egy filmbetétdaluk, 2016-ban egy közös számuk a Perfume nevű japán csajtrióval, 2017-ben pedig egy Donald Trumpnak címzett Morrissey-feldolgozásuk is). A koronavírus-fertőzésen családjával együtt átesett Damian Kulash frontember most stílszerűen egy karanténvideót rendezett a zenekar témába vágó új dalához.

Az énekes a járványban kis híján elvesztette feleségét, akit a kórházi kezelése után otthon ápolt, miközben kétéves ikreiket is egyedül gondozta. Az egészségügyi dolgozók előtti tisztelgések sorába illeszkedő és az OK Go-sztenderdekhez képest érthetően visszafogott karanténklipet kapó All Together Now című új kislemezdal jótékony célokat is szolgál: bevételeit a zenekar a Partners In Health segélyszervezet számlájára utalja át.

It’s all still the same
Everything’s untouched but forever changed
Oh, we’re all still the same
Everything’s untouched but forever changed

All those colors we painted yesterday
They look so different now
And all those harmonies we sang yesterday
All sound so different somehow
Though they’re all still the same
Everything’s untouched but forever changed

Everywhere on earth, every single soul, everyone there is, all together now
And everyone alone all together on the precipice
All that mattered then, all that matters now, all that matters after the world shuts down
All of it dissolved all together in the chrysalis
Together in the chrysalis

Nothing changes until one day it does then there’s no going back
Our best selves and our worst selves live in that moment there
Sparring over who draws the new maps
And though their lines
May look the same
Everything depends on who wins that game

Everywhere on earth, every single soul, everyone there is, all together now
And everyone alone all together on the precipice
All that mattered then, all that matters now, all that matters after the world shuts down
All of it dissolved all together in the chrysalis
Together in the chrysalis

And now the impossible’s happenin’
A million knots that we were told can’t be untied
Would always hold all unraveling
And even while the heavens fall
The fog’s still wrapped around us all
And when it’s snuffed out every last star
We’ll see just who we are

All together now, all together now, all together alone in the chrysalis
(We’re) all together now, all together now, all together alone in the chrysalis

A letter from Damian:

I caught the coronavirus early, when there were only six known cases in California, all of them hundreds of miles from L.A., where I live. My symptoms lasted forever, but were only genuinely scary for a day and a half. My wife Kristin’s battle was tougher, though. She was only briefly at the hospital, but bedridden with breathing problems for a long stretch. As she convalesced, I struggled to keep up with our two-year-old twins, and there were times when her breathing was so labored I worried she just wouldn’t wake up.

We’re extremely lucky. She made a full recovery, and though the kids did have symptoms, they never got much worse than a nasty cold. My heart aches for those who haven’t had the same luck, who are suffering unimaginable loss and hardship, whether from the virus or the havoc it’s wrought on the world.

For all of us, the future has gotten scarier and more unknowable, and it’s bearing down on us faster. But for me, as this new strain of anxiety has spread, it’s brought an incongruous companion: a new breed of hope. It’s subtle and diffuse, but in the moments when the anxiety lets up, it’s there, hovering in the periphery of my consciousness.

At first I thought maybe it was a psychological defense; with Kristin teetering on the edge of the unthinkable, my brain was throwing me life rafts. Then as she and the kids got better, the hope felt like an offshoot of my personal relief. Then I read an essay by historian Rebecca Solnit, The Impossible Has Already Happened: What the Coronavirus Can Teach Us About Hope (https://www.theguardian.com/…/what-coronavirus-can-teach-us…), and she put words to the thing I was struggling to identify.

When the status quo evaporates, anything is possible, for better or for worse. Crises are when we learn who we are. Without ourl frame of reference, we reinvent ourselves. Our best and worst impulses struggle against each other anew, and while our darkest fears become more real, so do our wildest hopes. “Change is not only possible, we are swept away by it.”

Solnit makes the case that this is as true for our society as it is for ourselves: Governments have made changes which were unfathomable only a few months ago. Ireland nationalized its hospitals. Canada and Germany have figured out forms of basic income. Thousands of non-violent inmates have been released from the US’s broken prison system.
My neighborhood, like many around the world, raises a cheer for frontline workers every evening. The ritual is more than just a show of gratitude, it’s a vehicle for the kind of hope Solnit writes of, the subtle feeling I was trying to pin down. We’re telling each other we believe in one another. We’re reassuring ourselves that human goodness is rugged, that our capacity to care for each other is less fragile than our individual bodies, that we can choose compassion for others over the comfort of our routines.

Inspired by this cheering, my bandmates and I, working separately in our homes, wrote and recorded a new song, “All Together Now.” We borrowed a lovely metaphor from Rebecca Solnit’s essay: society is, for a moment, liquid in the chrysalis.

The idea that some good may come from this time of overwhelming tragedy is a light in the dark right now. We’re not delusional; we don’t think optimism or compassion alone will get us through this tragic pandemic, nor do we think the better angels of our nature are predestined to be victorious. But as we wrestle with anxiety, every drop of hope is precious. We want to nurture it and share it.

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a legutóbbi OK Go-számok: a 2015-ös Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Vissza a jelenbe 2) filmhez írt You’re A Fucking Nerd And No One Likes You

. . . az I Won’t Let You Down klip nyitányában is szereplő Perfume japán csajtrióval közös I Don’t Understand You 2016-ból. . .

. . .és a Morrissey-féle 1989-es Interesting Drug (“there are some bad people on the rise“) átirata Donald Trump 2017-es beiktatásához:

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