If you want to watch the coolest music video of all time completely unspoiled, please go here and watch it first (takes 4 minutes). But the following analysis shouldn’t conflict with your viewing experience.
Oh, before I get ahead of myself, the video is for a new Arcade Fire song called “We Used to Wait.”
The genius of this music video is that it incorporates Google Earth images (street view and birds-eye view if available) of your actual childhood home into the video. It’s surreal.
As I watched, I was amazed by the amount of nostalgia I was feeling while I watched the video. I’ve felt some element of nostalgia while watching other music videos–some hearken back to childhood or young love, that sort of thing–but nothing that even compared to this.
Then, near the end of the video, a screen will pop up to ask you to send a postcard of advice to your childhood self. In the moment, a part of you will want to believe that your childhood self will actually receive the postcard. You may surprise yourself by your poignancy. I can’t claim that this was poignant, but I was a little surprised by what I typed:
Don’t settle. And try all the things you’d never expect yourself to do before you’re ready for them.
This is totally true for me. I always wait until I completely have my head wrapped around something before trying it. I never jump in the pool–I always slowly ascend the concrete stairs like a tentative old man.
You even have the option at the very end to send your postcard to Arcade Fire, and they may use them at some point. Pretty cool.
So what advice would you send to your childhood self? I highly suggest watching the music video before answering that question so you’ll be in the proper mood for poignancy.