Monday, March 2, 2009
song of the week.
death cab for cutie's, "grapevine fires" was written during and about the 2007 california wildfires . lead singer, ben gibbard was having a picnic with friends jonathan rice, autumn de wilde and their daughter. (autumn de wilde just so happened to direct dcfc 'cath' music video.) ben describes the literal story, "we were having some wine and having a picnic on top of this big cascading hill with the ocean off in the distance, and at the same time there were a lot of fears about these fires creeping down from the grapevine. this was a very real moment just seeing her daughter, playing in this cemetery, not having any understanding of what this area means. it was a really interesting example of youth having a way with death." i think that the animation of the video almost lightens the mood of the song, almost.
sadly, this video also reminds me of the fires that are happening in south-eastern australia. they started on the 7th of february and are still being fought by more than 3,000 fire fighters. the fires were started by the high winds and low humidity and because of two possible arsons. 210 people have perished and thousands have been left homeless. hopefully, this can be conquered soon.