colour study : music & dance

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From the video by OK Go: Skyscrapers 

The video below features the song Skyscrapers by OK Goone of my favorite musical bands. It came out about 3 months ago - I immediately fell in love with it and watched it repeatedly. Recently I saw a link to this video again, reminding me of how wonderful it is . . . and here I am once again -- hooked! I think it's a combination of the song, the colours, and the sensuous dancing which draws me in every time and makes me want to share it here with you. The direct link is here in case you can't see the video below.

Earlier today, I sent a link to this video to my dear friend Frieda. Perhaps she had not been able to watch it before? She only recently got broadband where she lives in rural Scotland. I thought she'd enjoy because of the waves of colour that run through this video, considering all the colour themed ATCs we have shared! The colours as they change while they dance are inspirational in and of themselves. She wrote and told me she enjoyed it hugely!

The woman dancing so beautifully in the video is Trish Sie and her dance partner is Moti Buchboot. Trish is also the producer and the director of this video. Her brother is Damian Kulash, who is OK Go’s lead singer. It is his voice we hear on the video. Trish has choreographed five videos for OK Go, and probably the most well known one is their Treadmill video. That's how I was introduced to this band, by my sons! I love OK Go's videos for more than just the sounds I hear and the visuals I see . . . I love them for their sheer creativity. How they got there. Trish Sie gave an interesting talk on Ted Talks about creativity - which you may enjoy watching. There is also a fabulous article to read in the New York Times (July 13, 2012) about how the Skyscrapers video inspired the dance company Pilobolus to choreograph a piece based on it. Wow!

From the New York Times article, Pilobolus' Executive Director Mr. Kubovy said: he was immediately struck by how “the formal treatment of the colors had so much story in it,” he said. “It was mysterious: What was evocative about it? Was it one couple in a million different situations, or over the course of a long time, or different people in different situations? Without even knowing, it just felt kind of emotional.”

That's how I feel when I watch it, emotional. You? please comment if you like.

Love is, above all, a gift of oneself.
~ Jean Anouilh

sorry, i do not know who this is dancing . . .
It was an image I saved some time ago.

another version -This too shall pass

This is the Rube Goldberg version of This Too Shall pass by OK Go, a band I love for their talent and uber creativity. Earlier this week I shared a Notre Dame marching band version of this same song! This video is well worth watching just to see the "machine" they created for it. There are even 4 short videos describing their process making the set -you'll find them as related videos when this one is done -click on YouTube at the bottom to see them. I hope you enjoy!!


OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine version

YouTube - creativelenna's Channel: <--- Click on this link to see a really creATive video. It's quite amazing, actually. From the video: "The official video for the recorded version of "This Too Shall Pass" off of the album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky". The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The "machine" was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs over the course of several months."
My son Decklin sent me this link because he knew I love Ok Go's creativity- I think I have featured another one of their videos here before - Here it goes again.  In fact in the new video, that video makes an appearance again : ) enjoy! lenna young andrews - March 10, 2010.

just for fun - Here it goes again!

Steven found this last night while looking through YouTube . . . he knew I would like it - well, I LOVE it so much I had to share it! It is so creative and fun and I think it speaks to me because of all the years I danced, practiced choreography & performed. This video took a lot of practice!! In looking up the website and blog for this band I see that the Director of this video won awards for it; it does not surprise me. This is the type of music I grew up with in my 20's and 30's and still enjoy. I sent the link to both my boys, Decklin in Cambridge, MA (27) and Dallas in Trieste, Italy (24) -whose musical tastes run in this direction, but you know what? I bet they will tell me they already know all about it, silly mom!
update 6/23/09: Embedding disabled by request, so try this link:
Here It Goes Again - by OK Go ~ Enjoy! I think it will put a smile on your face.