The "Brit a Day" series

What does a months-long parade of attractive British men have to do with fiction, you might well ask? These gentlemen have inspired some lovely scenes, part of the life I live in my head. Over time, some of these scenes reach out to one another and begin to form a story. For the present, each one of these pictures provides a writing prompt for me, a way to keep me writing with a sense of passion and narrative, even when the stories are not yet fully formed.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Brit a Day [#112]

I'm giving Eddie Argos the day off to focus on a different Brit band today, Radiohead. I've been watching 'Slumdog Millionaire' on DVD in 20-30 minute chunks, and I'm about half way through it. It is beautiful and utterly excruciating. 'Slumdog' brings me back into the world of this video that Radiohead produced with MTV Exit, choreographed to their song "All I Need", promoting awareness of human trafficking.

I found this video right after I started listening to Radiohead's album 'In Rainbows'--"All I Need" is my favorite song from 'In Rainbows.' And that all happened about the time I discovered the work of photographer Gregory Crewdson, whose pictures are presented in galleries as 8 foot wide prints. Each Crewdson photo has as much detail and production value as a little movie. I love his work, and I can't begin to do it justice here due to the scale. But I can tell you that, for me, the lyrics to "All I Need" are inextricably linked to his pictures.

I'm the next act
Waiting in the wings

I'm an animal
Trapped in your hot car

I am all the days
That you choose to ignore

You are all I need
You are all I need
I'm in the middle of your picture
Lying in the reeds

I'm a moth
Who just wants to share your light

I'm just an insect
Trying to get out of the night

I only stick with you
Because there are no others

You are all I need
You're all I need
I'm in the middle your picture
Lying in the reeds

It's all wrong
It's all right
It's all wrong

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