Thursday, November 19, 2009
"Come down from the cross, we need the wood."
Fantastic video of a great Tom Waits song ("come down from the cross, we need the wood") from his masterful Mule Variations. In the video, text animates all over a body. The video, by Anders Lövgren, makes the song a drama of written text and the "forces inside" the words--the letters--as they relate to the body. Our minds and bodies are crawling with words in some kind of lexical formication. Our bodies are pages for memory, for textuality, and, as Harryette Mullen, says, "we are licked all over by the English tongue," which, to me, sounds like she's not talking about a lover, but that big dog, that overenthusiastic galoot of a language that is English.