Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Music Video Monday! Josh Ritter: The Curse

I'd like to say that I didn't post a music video yesterday because I was saving a busload of children stuck on some train tracks, but that would be a lie. That did happen once, but it wasn't a bus it was a car, and it wasn't a bunch of kids it was just me, and the car was just going through the drive-through at a Wendy's (that was last night, actually).

I really just forgot it was my turn/didn't realize it was Monday/lost track of the time. But while we're on the topic of losing track of time, allow me to segue into this week's overdue music video.

It's a great one set to the tune of Josh Ritter's "The Curse". Nick recently featured Josh in another Music Video Monday, and we even got to see him in concert at Cafe 11 in St. Augustine a while back - we laughed, we cried, we spilled ketchup in Nick's car on the drive down.

Now you may be asking yourself, "Why would I wanna watch a puppet video?" but give it a chance. The puppeteer is Liam Hurley, a collaborator of Ritter's, and he clearly put a lot of work into the video. To be honest though, I'm posting it more for the song, but man, what a song. Rarely do I sit a friend or loved one down to share a song with them but I've done just that with this tune.

I had to listen to this song a few times before I realized it was a love story between a girl and a mummy. I mentioned losing track of time and I think you'll see how that figures into this song after you watch the video, which, along with the lyrics of the tune, shows the passage of time after the girl rescues the mummy from his tomb and brings him to our world.

And now, a warning. This song is a sad one to be sure, one of the saddest I can personally think of ("But she's just one more rag now he's dragging behind him"). While I did post this more for the song, the video definitely adds to the tune's bittersweet tone, particularly at the end. I wouldn't normally post such a sad song on a Monday, but I'm always a little blue the first week or so following Christmas. And it's not Monday, is it?


  1. The Curse is indeed a powerful track, and that video is unique too.
    The track "Another new world" also impressed me a lot from Josh Ritter's 2010 album.

    A couple of other puppet music videos that come to mind, "I L U - School of Seven Bells", and "Can't Go Back Now - The Weepies" , the later one annoyed the hell out of me ( :

  2. Moviesandsongs365 - ill check all those out - thanks for reading!

  3. Thanks a lot! I love to start a new week from a fresh playlist! It helps me to concentrate on my writing for urbannightfeast.co.uk. Music helps generating cool ideas.