To Exist is Simply to Survive: GUTS – And the Living is Easy


Revival of the comic book-like 2D animation video: director Sébastien Bellaval does it marginally eloquently. Best part of a music video? When visual movement fits the audio. Like in this video, when Tarzan and his monkey are jumping from cord to cord. Or a bit later in the vid, when that spider is playing its piano chord to chord. It’s really quite amazing how a beat can come to life when accompanied by the right rhythmic picture. And the living is easy, and the living is easy, and the living is easy. These audio lyrics indeed match the visuals perfectly. Because what does the audience see? An uncivilised human being, a.k.a. an animal, is being chased, captured, caged, and ready to be eaten. And other animals of all sorts entering a similar fate. Ah yes, survival of the fittest animal. That’s what the jungle is all about. And it is really quite a jungle out there, whether “civilised” or not. Because you don’t fool me. Human language may have fooled you. It may have fooled an entire human race into so-called “civilisation”, and all its subsequent “human complexity”, think bureaucracy, but in the end life is really just what it always was: a jungle, with one very simple rule. Survival of the fittest. Conquer the most good-looking young female. Spread the bestest of seeds. Get the best-trained legs. Cause being able to pinpoint the exact right time to run from a situation is a most precious skill. And so basically life is indeed totally easy. That is, if you also have the right mindset. So take your depression elsewhere, my friend. And let me get back to what really matters: survival.

Director of this Music Video: Sébastien Bellaval



Your Life in 9 Lives or Bob Dylan Revived: Gabrielle – Rise


Life. It can push you down definitively. When you know you’ve lost that certain support that used to always back you up when times got rough. That certain emotional affirmation you never truly seem to be able to produce by yourself. Because somewhere, somehow, you only give value to what others think.

You won’t catch me when I fall. Yes, maybe that realisation does it all. Maybe that’s when you realise that any outer emotional backup is really just one giant illusion. Why is it we always need others (other minds outside of our own) to feel that we are worth something? To feel that we add at least some value to the world? To feel, why yes, arisen?

“Life comes with Ups and Downs”, they say. That moment when you’ve just dealt with one very terrible Down, but you start feeling the time is ripe for another Up again. Cause though life can put you down definitively, it makes it more difficult when you start to see life as a sequence of 9 lives, or 9 phases. One life gone? Time for the second one! Cause Time is the so-called “healer of all Downs”, and any Down is really just a reason to rise again.

And maybe a life filled with 9 lives, 9 “Ups” if you will, is indeed enough to compensate for whatever fate may await. And I’ve always thought life was much more interesting if it comes in stages, rather than one straight line.

And 9 lives is one life worth living for. And anyway, curiosity, courage and consistency are things that shouldn’t come from someone outside of me, but instead from within me. Maybe that message is why Bob Dylan let her sample his tune for free.

Director of this music Video: Kevin Godley