I was 6 when my sister Daniela let me listen to this song by Bob Marley over and over, I think the tape eventually got broken But it was a nice time: I was discovering the music and she luckily had a good taste. She spent long time with our cousin Lucia who was a fan of A-Ha and all those famous ’80s groups such as Level42, Duran Duran and obviously, on top of all them, U2. But Redemption Song was definitively their most played track ever and while I was listening, I tried to grasp some lyrics
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the book.
Unfortunately, back then, I couldn’t understand a single word and I wasn’t even able to read English for other 10 years. One day our town council organized a small English course I didn’t attend: my family couldn’t afford to heat the house to pay a huge lawsuit and a useless language course was out of discussion. Too bad, I was already dreaming of finally understanding songs lyrics. Nobody obviously told me that learning a language was Arbeit, Arbeit, Arbeit 😉
After 24 years I accidentally listened to Redemption Song again. At the beginning I couldn’t remember the title even if I recognized it very well: it was the ending theme of I Am Legend, the movie I watched yesterday with Krijn. As you know, if you carefully read my blog, I was supposed to go with him to a dinner with friends which has been canceled at the very last minute together with my promising escorting career 😦 This is how we ended up meeting at his place for a delicious Chinese dinner and watching this recently released movie the plot of which I didn’t know very well. I was curious anyway to see a totally empty Manhattan even if only on a screen: really impressive, especially Times Square or the shore between Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. But one of my favorite spots, Washington Square aka ilGrisa’s college courtyard, was of a more central importance and I appreciated it. I still don’t know how to rate the movie, though: It was so full of sadness. I was expecting something like Cast Away but it turned out to be more related to Resident Evil: today I discovered that the novel which inspired the book was kinda the pioneer of this genre. The element I appreciated the most is the way the quite trivial plot is revealed: absolutely not linearly and with many elements left as long as possible hidden. This way the movie was really thrilling and suspenseful, at least for those, like me, who were absolutely ignorant. Eventually, I Am Legend it’s not only a sadder version of Cast Away or a better Resident Evil, it fundamentally celebrates Bob Marley who died 17 years ago for cancer. I wasn’t expecting to be so entertained by a high-budget Hollywood movie featuring Will Smith. Yo.
After the movie we watched a couple of episodes of Code Geass and I hope Krijn is going to love it as I did last summer although Lelouch has emo-hairs.. I can’t wait for the second season in April. It was soon midnight and we started a silly discussion about time. For him
It’s always today
while I was more for the dynamical representation
Yesterday, today was tomorrow
and any logical combination of it. Of course I’m right but I wasn’t in the mood of being thoroughgoing and I simply accepted, afterwards, to watch a funny, musical-like, episode of Buffy. Somehow all the character voices sounded similar… Mmm… Of course! Krijn was continuously singing along