Saturday, April 14, 2001

On the subject of that “White Reflection” video. It occurred to me that, for some odd reason, I feel a kinship with Two-Mix (the band) after watching that video. Why?

[White Reflection screenshot]

I think it’s because of the nature of the video. In it, anime-ized versions of the members of Two-Mix see a glowing ball of light, and follow it across the U.S. As they travel from town to town, they are shown writing the song “White Reflection.”

[White Reflection screenshot]

I feel like I’ve shared that experience with them, like I know what they’ve been through. Which, on the face of it, is silly; the actual members of the band never saw a glowing ball of light, and they never followed it across the U.S. I know this, intellectually. But I still feel like I’ve been given a glimpse into an experience.

[White Reflection screenshot]

The lesson? In art, we’re often told to “give of ourselves.” We tend to interpret this in an extreme, that we should impart some deep, painful part of our soul. I think the “White Reflection” video shows that this doesn’t need to be the case. One can affect people strongly by providing them with a personal experience, even if that experience is not deeply personal.

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