Wishing you the best of luck for the upcoming year with Nortec Collective´s latest video!
Las cabañuelas (also cavanuelas or cabanuelas) are a method of forecasting the weather practiced throughout the countries conquered by Spain. It is a traditional form of weather prognostication dating back many centuries. There is no scientific method for it and it is just a superstition which basically means “I´m there”. I love it and for my first post of 2014 I wanted to maintain the tradition and find a video that I think will bring a good omen for the coming year.
I chose Nortec Collective´s latest video because I think it is a great way to kick off what I hope will be an amazing year for all.
The song features Kylee Swenson of the band Loquat, who based the song on a bike ride taken with her friends through San Francisco. My favorite thing about the song is that it has a Latin (Mexican) sound with lyrics in English… a killer combination that we love here at MVD! And my favorite thing about the video is the imagery. I also like the lyrics
“I count the ways
No one else can trace my tracks
The imagery of the video is evocative. Contrary to painting a traditional Mexican main square as dessert like and with warm colors, the director Ernesto Aello goes for gorgeous blue tones…then at 0:42 we are presented with an image that I am seriously considering as a subject for my next painting:
I only wish when we (as a people) encounter a police officer, or authority in general, we would be able to see them like this…a simple shadow in a lovely background because in general when I am in front of an authority figure I don’t see things as pretty: *Fuck the Police*!!!!! I hope none of you have to “fight the power” this year but if you do, I hope you look at it from a different perspective. The woman in the video has a similar reaction to mine and starts running away and into the second part of the video.
We now see her wearing an eggshell dress running up a hill covered in flowers and then at 1:21 we see her in what I think is paradise: sunny skies, warm weather and she is now surrounded by a “harvest” of records!
Not content with this, the director includes an extra topping to this joyous moment by having Ice cream (actually a Popsicle) involved. I need to befriend this director, we are definitely on the same page and share the same values and ideals for life.
After that things get a bit weird because we see the distorted image of a gnome and then we see the lady pick up a baseball bat and smash a piggy bank. It is an accurate description of my finances and what i do whenever I have savings – weird but realistic: 10 points for Gryffindor! We also see her with a teddy bear, sewing it back, smashing a porcelain horse (maybe because this will be the Chinese year of the horse?) and smashing a gnome and a piñata! (For those of you who have never smashed a piñata, I suggest you go out and buy one today, it should be a tradition for New Year´s Eve!) The video has a plot twist and in the final seconds we realize that she did not encounter a police officer but an accordion player. Somebody get me the director´s phone number, I mean it!
I guess I chose this video for my first post of 2014 hoping it works as a “forecast” of the year to come: I wish you all a year full of color, beauty, music, the ability to look at things from a different perspective and to go out an explore. A 2014 with abundance of health, happiness, love. Also, I’m hoping to write plenty of entertaining stuff for you this year!