Good music, great message…and a Rube Goldberg machine.

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.

Enjoy!

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7 thoughts on “Good music, great message…and a Rube Goldberg machine.

  1. I like this quote a lot. Though there is a dispute regarding the origin of this one, some say it is a Persian proverb, but we here in India came to know that Mughal Emperor Akbar asked his minister and adviser Birbal to write something which will ease the pain in times of sorrow, and make one humble in times of joy. And Birbal scribbled this. Though the entire Mughal culture was highly influenced by Persians, so one can safely assume that this quote somehow came from middle east. What I find fascinating is the underlying meaning of this one, at the end of the day, nothing lasts, you came alone, you go alone.

    Nice video, also, and good that you bounced back stronger than ever!

    • Thank you, feeling better, thankfully.

      Yes, I’ve heard that, as well as other stories surrounding the phrase. One that I remember best was about maybe King Solomon that wanted a “magic ring” (I think?) that would make a sad man happy and a happy man sad. Someone then gave him a ring with “This too shall pass” engraved on it, instantly making him unhappy once he realized how ephemeral all of his riches and wisdom were.

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