Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Music for Thought - Part 2 of 4

Have you ever met someone that doesn't like music?

I've met some people who don't like football, ice-cream, or the Denver Broncos (shocker) - but it seems that everybody likes at least one genre of music.

In a Philippians 4:8ish style of critical thinking, I am presenting four songs for your musement. This week's song is "Winter White Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes. Click to watch on full screen, and watch closely!

The Relentless Nature of Time and Hair

What is so intriguing to me about this video, and where we can learn the most, is the subject of time (I'll just assume you watched the video closely enough to catch what happened). When I watch this music video, I see a highly contemplative, not to mention long-bearded, man who decides to take a trip through time with all of his other contemplative buddies via the Magic Steering Wheel - and hey, it works!

Time begins to move backwards through the four seasons, and we see our characters gradually shed the classic signs of aging (no, it's not a Maybelline ad). And, is it just me, or do they seem a little bit happier as they traverse back in time? People are smelling flowers, clapping their hands, bobbing their heads, tapping a beat - meanwhile, back at the Wheel of Fortune - our determined no-longer-gray-bearded man keeps turning and turning and turning.

Things seem to be going good when, from 1:40 - 1:55, all the characters glance to the side as if saying, "Oh no, here it comes." (one guy even covers the eyes of a wrong-place-wrong-time bunny) Suddenly, the faithful turner lets go of the time machine, and in a matter of seconds, everything goes "back" to present day, and it's the same as when it started.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time:

Have you ever done something, and tried to "go back in time" to undo the mess you made? Me too. It, like the video, works for a while (though I've never had anyone start clapping), but soon the cold fact of the permanence of time comes back with a vengeance. Sadly, there isn't a wheel in the world magical enough to erase our stupid mistakes.

We get to the end of a chapter in our life, and echoing the lyrics, think to ourselves "I was following the pack." I was just going with the flow, and now, it's over. I will never get that time back. I'll never get to live yesterday over again. Ever.

Social Security, Golf, Taco Bell and Other Retirement Perks:

I love this song because it's such a sober reminder about the nature of time, the things we try to undo, and the things that will always stay with us.

It reminds me of those things we strain after our whole life, only to realize in the end that it really wasn't all that important.

It reminds me of how painful regret is, and how permanent consequences are.

It reminds me of the story Christ told in Luke 12 about a guy who was really good at life. In fact, he got to the point where he stopped one day and said to himself,

"Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry."

Things were going pretty well for this dude. His social security hadn't been used to bail out the banks, his golf clubs were primed and ready to hit the links, and he was within fifteen minutes of the nearest Taco Bell. He had done what he thought was important his whole life - he was a success.

Then he died.

Right before he died, God had a few words for him,

"Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?"

But it was too late, time had written his story in stone.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks again, Jason. The song is short and kind of vague, but the video and your explanation really make things clear. Life is short.

    Life not lived following the true God is tragic. May the LORD make our seasons sweet and our moments matter. Gray hair may be on the way, but I don't know about a beard, especially one that long! :>=)=====