Last month, soon after my still-distressing break-up, an old friend sent me a link to a video, promising that it would cheer me up. She was right, it was one of the first things to really make me smile.
The song is titled “This Too Shall Pass” by the always creative OK Go. Once it starts, the video is impossible to stop watching, more so if you’ve ever had any interest in Rube Goldberg machines… and this is an insanely elaborate one. According to an article on wired.com that explains how the machine was made,
For nearly four minutes — captured in a single, unbroken camera shot — the machine rolls metal balls down tracks, swings sledgehammers, pours water, unfurls flags and drops a flock of umbrellas from the second story, all perfectly synchronized with the song. A few gasp-inducing, grin-producing moments when the machine’s action lines up so perfectly, you can only shake your head in admiration at the creativity and precision of the builders.
Regarding the message of the song, well, the message was the right one at the right moment, with its refrain of “Let it go, this too shall pass.” I still listen to it daily when I run.
So here it is; good music, an uplifting message, and an incredible video that may as well be an art installation…
Click here for a series of “behind-the-scenes” videos on the making of “This Too Shall Pass.” Definitely worth watching.