So yesterday, my awesome German teacher showed this video to us.
Of course, it was all in German, and I am in the beginning stages of learning the language. I always has this stereotypical concept of German songs being a mix of guttural syllables and angsty hard rock. I had NO idea why. But that has been totally wrong, and German music has its own kind of strange beauty too.
Watch it. Watch the video and you’ll see why I teared up.
It’s not about youth painting the town or doing drugs or whatever American songs are about these days. It’s a friendship/love of an elderly man and woman, spray-painting the town walls, skateboarding, pulling pranks, doing what the children and the young do, like what Liesel and Rudy did in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
And again–I had NO idea what the song was about, but I think it’s something about having a childlike spirit. And I see the two in the video–free of burden, laughing and smiling.
And this made me sort of smile and tear up at the same time, because I think that as we get older, our souls kind of get heavier and heaver. I once heard Jennifer Lawrence say that as a teenager, she was a sort of a hotheaded, rebellious girl, an all-goes, almost naive kind of spirit. She said that as she got older, she got more more self-conscious, more aware of her mortality.
And I think–when you get that old, is it possible to still have a light spirit? Are you forever a well of memories and burdens and regrets? Is it not possible, if your body is willing, to be old and still raise hell and smile easy?
This was totally not a writing post, but in a way, it may have been. I don’t know. But this was a song that made my week, and I hope it would make yours too 🙂
Any songs that you would like to recommend?