Let us all welcome back to the jam, am! She warned us all of the catchy-ness of Gotye earlier in the year, so you better be as excited as we are to hear her thoughts on our favorite UK boys.
The first time I heard Mumford’s new album “Babel” I knew I had found an album that would one, stick with me for a long time to come and two, would be full of songs that will always remind me of being 23. One song in particular really struck a chord with me and I almost hoped that the single wouldn’t be one featured off the album as I wanted to really claim it as my own special find…
Well beggers can’t be choosers, (or maybe it was a little bit of karma for selfishly wanting to call the jam my own..) and the British quartet released “Lover of the Light” as a single in the U.K. I mean rightfully so, the song is phenomenal.
Beyond the song and its lyrics, Mumford really nailed the video portion of this release. The Wire’s Idris Elba plays the video’s protagonist (and co-producer!) and does an excellent job expressing the song through his body to express the idea that you see and love the light with more than just your eyes.
Elba and co-producer Dan Cadan support this with the intermixing of the shots of a deer and the backdrop of Pembrokeshire, Wales to drive this point home even further. Deer, although they don’t have great vision during the daytime, utilize their other senses to the best of their ability to help them get by in life–much like Elba’s character. Just because he can’t see the light, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love or understand it. By using his other senses he is able to navigate the ever changing terrain Wales to get him to the light.
Maybe that’s why this song struck a chord with my 23 year old self. My life has a lot of light in it: a wonderful family, great friends, a job that I love and the ability to have my masters paid for, a really great life. But there’s sometimes things that block me from these lights: my family is far away as are most of my friends, work takes up a lot of my time and involves being partly responsible for 30 college age girls and sometimes I just don’t want to do my school work–plus all those other big questions about whats wrong with the world and everyday things that allow me from sometimes not seeing “light”. But, when I can’t always see, I can feel it, heart it and in some cases smell it (sometimes you under estimate the value of clean sheets…).
No matter how much gets in your way, no matter how much darkness you may see–you can still love the light for the way it shines in invisible ways.