As I was having a typical lazy Sunday running some errands and washing laundry (why can’t clothes get up and wash themselves?), I always keep my eye out for visually stimulating shorts.
I came across Steven Wilson’s The Raven That Refused To Sing on Vimeo and didn’t expect to see or hear what I was to experience. For one, it’s a fantastic animation that really does a great job of visually telling the story of the song.
Here is an old man that lives alone, probably doing what he has done for many, many years going through snowy woods, picking up branches for the fireplace, a black shadow follows him…creeping behind him.
I did watch this video a few times. I was mesmerized and couldn’t get enough of it. Very rarely do I find myself watching music videos more than once, or most movies that warrant me watching it again. I did find good use of light and dark elements to really get in your mind, or tear at your heart strings. While, I found the beginning more intense, the second half seems more uplifting as if the old man in the video comes to terms with reality. However, there was something about this video that just captivates me. I don’t know if it has something to do with the fact that my grandmother, who was near and dear to me, passed away and I didn’t want to accept the fact that she would die. Just the fact that she had been actively involved in my life since I was a baby, I didn’t want to let her go…but eventually, I had to. And coincidentally, the day my grandmother passed was the day before celebrating a friend’s birthday…a weird form of death in one way…and life in another. So for me, I think the piece means more about life and how we run from death. It’s around us and mortality is a part of life. And at some point, in some shape or form, embrace it. For you, it may represent something else closer to you, or take on its own meaning.
Watch the video below and to really immerse yourself, make sure to not have any distractions to ensure you can really see and hear this nicely crafted visual.
Sister I lost you
When you were still a child
But I need you now
And I need our former life
I’m afraid to wake
I’m afraid to love
For a behind the scenes, watch the video below.