That Blog: Closure. And It Only Took Me Ten Years.
by, 24th November 2012 at 06:15 PM (528 Views)
Well, I've got nothing better to do right now. Actually, I have homework, but that can wait. So that must mean it's time for me to post another blog entry for the first time in forever.
So there's this music video that I saw back when I was about six years old. They'd show it every other day or so on a TV channel I used to watch. The song in question is Viva Forever, by the Spice Girls. Yes, I like that song. Bite me.
Now, it's a good song, but I hadn't heard it for a good ten years until I looked it up on YouTube a couple of days ago, and damn, it brought back memories. And the video itself still makes me cry. But at least now I actually get the point the video is making. As a child, I didn't understand it; it was just sad because someone got kidnapped by a Rubik's Cube. But now I understand every little metaphor in the video, and, after a decade, I finally have closure concerning this song, and can move on from worrying about it.
Of course, since this is a blog, I'm obliged to specify exactly how I'm reading into the various metaphors presented in the video. However, I might be wrong; it might be a case of the 'This Is It phenomenon', where something is as Mind Screwy as this just for the sake of it, without representing anything. But whatever. Let's just do this.
(Just something I'd like to add post-writing this: the avatar without glasses is the 'main avatar', and it is to this avatar that the forest belongs; the bespectacled one is their friend, or 'the other avatar'.)
So, the way I see it, the two kids in the video are avatars of people- close friends, one can infer- rather than direct images of people. As a result of that, you can also infer that the forest setting is, in fact, a symbol for the mind, or another home for one's memories.
It seems to me that each capsule represents not a memory, but an event, in the life of one of the two avatars (as the forest is their mind, rather than a collective mind). Each capsule, or event, contains a memory attached to it. The first one, for example, is a happy event, as from it bursts a strange but delightful rooster-toy that bounces around in a carefree way, entertaining both avatars and, perhaps, giving them yet further cause to be friends.
Call me controversial, but I think the fairies (which, obviously, are, more literally interpreted, representations of the Spice Girls themselves) represent some kind of tragedy. Notice how, when their capsule opens (or, rather, when the event they are connected to occurs), only one avatar is affected by them. The one that runs away (escapes the effect of the event, perhaps, if the event is something like a car accident or something) is also the person to whom the forest/mind belongs; their friend is taken by the fairies. This could mean that the fairies represent death (heck, there's even a point where one fairy kisses the avatar, possibly as a literal interpretation of a 'kiss of death'), or just separation, or the concept of growing apart. In any case, after the fairies' appearance, the two avatars do not make any further direct contact with one another.
~The Rubik's Cube~
Once the fairies claim the bespectacled avatar, both parties stop being a memory and an avatar, and combine to become a single memory attached to a new capsule. When the fairies coerce the avatar to climb into the cube, this represents the other avatar indirectly allowing their friend to deep-root themselves in the former's mind/heart. In other words, the Rubik's Cube is a metaphor for the human heart- but, by 'heart', I mean 'mind', insofar as meaning the part of the mind one colloquially refers to as the 'heart'. Why is it a Rubik's Cube? Because the 'heart' is a complex thing; difficult to decipher and near-impossible to overcome in a short space of time.
~The Free Avatar And The Cube~
The avatar that the fairies did not take witnesses their friend being taken by the cube, but does not step in to help, reinforcing the idea of 'letting them' set themselves in the avatar's mind. It takes time for the avatar to come to terms with the loss of their friend, and by the time they reach the cube, it has shrunk; it is too late for them to do anything about their friend and their place in the avatar's 'heart'. Notice that the fairies do follow the main avatar's friend into the cube at first, symbolising how, at first, the main avatar lumps the cause in along with the effects of this memory, but later fly away instead of remaining with the avatar's friend inside the cube; this could signify that whatever caused the two avatars to grow apart continues to affect others, or potentially that the main avatar is 'letting go' of the cause, perhaps forgiving it, or even refusing to blame the fairies as the avatar blames themselves for the loss of their friend.
~Storing The Cube~
When the avatar claims the cube, they take time to solve it while heading for the capsule machine, perhaps representing how the person is taking time to decode their own feelings, getting their emotions in order over the events that, in the real world, stole their friend from them. They then find an empty capsule, which, in itself, symbolises the concept of an event that has yet to happen, and stores the Rubik's Cube inside it, then seals the capsule as a mark of associating all of these feelings with a single event, collecting it all together. Perhaps the event in question is the loss of their friend, or perhaps it's their entire friendship with the now-trapped avatar as a whole. Either way, the avatar throws the cube back up into the capsule machine, where it is stored alongside other capsules.
~The Capsule Machine~
The capsule machine itself is a symbol for a collection of one's memories within the mind, perhaps representing a store of surpressed or forgotten memories. As it is a capsule machine (which is shown to have a two-way delivery system), it could easily show that one's memories can shift about, slipping out of confinement and into the conscious memory (shown by there being capsules scattered around the forest of the mind), and it also shows that it is easy to simply stuff an event to the back of ones mind, as the avatar, despite basic physics, is able to throw the Rubik's Cube's capsule up into the machine without any difficulty. It is then stored with no further issues.
If the video does act as a metaphor, it is a very hard-hitting one once you get to understand it or apply meaning to it. Sorry if my explanations are vague, but, due to the nature of the video (and partly because I find the kids in the video quite androgynous), I've kept my explanations non-gender-specific, and have, for the purposes of maintaining the metaphor, referred to the characters as 'avatars', since they could apply to anyone at all. Overall, the video symbolises the process of a bad event and how a human being deals with it mentally.
Now that I've got all of that, I can watch the video and not end up quite so mind-f*cked...but it doesn't help how crushingly sad both the video and the song itself is.
In closing, I have but two statements to make. First off, just a small gripe with the lyrics: how can one 'Live forever / For the moment'? Either live forever, or live for now. I don't see how you can do both. Secondly, since the main avatar's friend climbed into that Rubik's Cube, does that mean it's turned from a toy into a...companion cube?
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