Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

I watched some Rage music videos I recorded on my PVR this morning. They were RM’s Lost, NewJeansHow Sweet and Olivia Rodrigo’s Obsession. The RM (AKA Namjoon) video was amazing and so surreal. He’s stuck in some office job nightmare landscape with a logic of its own. Great sets, great digital effects, and Namjoon and his crew seem to be having a deadpan good time. I’ve already mentioned the NewJeans video, but it’s still a great clip. The story of their car crash and finding a mechanic to tow it and repair being told through multiple viewpoints is a genius idea. The girls are just so cool and carefree about the situation and what they encounter along the way. It’s just so NewJeans, I can’t describe it any other way. But more than this, it’s the song that grabs me. I had to have my own copy of this music video. The Olivia Rodrigo was just one of those happy discoveries. It happened to be on the charts section of Rage this morning, along with the NewJeans song, and I liked it. The video, with its bizarre beauty pageant winners and all-girl punk rock interludes, was eye catching.


I’m still making sense of my Buffy tarot cards, and it’s got me consulting some of the Tarot books I’ve amassed over the years (I’m an inveterate collector of these things). I have one that looks at it from the Jungian perspective, which is a handy thing to have. It’s called Discovering Yourself Through the Tarot: a Jungian Guide to Archetypes and Personality by Rose Gwain. I haven’t dipped into it yet, but Jung’s concepts of Archetypes and Synchronicity loom large in the Tarot landscape, offering as they do some much needed scientific credibility for its arcane practise. Another I have that I want to investigate is Tarot, Mirror of the Soul: Handbook For the Aleister Crowley Tarot by Gerd Zeigler. This looks at the Tarot particularly from Crowley’s Thoth tarot deck, and I’m sure I’m in for a good spooky time with it. Jimmy Page (a big fan Crowley’s) would be well pleased.

I’ve already made connection with the first card of the Major Arcana, the Fool. It’s actually a good card to draw, being about new beginnings and having an adventurous, even foolhardy spirit. It reminds me of when I went to Japan last year – that spirit of adventure. I definitely identify. When you decide to leave your comfort zone and do something potentially reckless like travel, I believe you’re invoking your Fool card.


I caught up with Fantasia again, this time to watch it with Brian Sibley’s commentary. Remember when they were a thing back in the DVD era? Now with streaming it’s all gone, seemingly. Another reason to hang onto your DVDs! Anyway, Sibley’s commentary was informative and well-researched, if a little dry. He delivered lots of little anecdotes about ‘Walt’ and the film, the most interesting of which to me was that a stereotypical ‘negro’ servant girl was excised from the Beethoven Pastoral sequence. As expected he was full of praise and factoids about the many animators, musicians and other artists who worked on the film. He also pointed out recurring motifs and imagery in the film that I had totally missed, like the way the demon of the Night On Bald Mountain sequence conducted his demons much like Stokowsky conducted his orchestra. It was a good roundup of information about the film, and deepened my appreciation for the work that went into it. Think I’ll bump up my Letterboxd rating from three and half stars to four now.

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