What do V for Vendetta and Tom's Diner have to do with one another?
Recently, I've been thinking a great deal of the film V for Vendetta. Well, not precisely about the film itself really. A small portion, a fragment, a moment in that film. I've been chewing over and over this piece.
For those of you who have not seen it, please do. It is a wonderful film that reminds us of the dangers of complacency. What can, will, and has happened when citizens lose track of the actions of their government. When government forgets what it means to serve its citizens.
Anyway, the fragment that has occupied my attention is this:
This small five minutes out of the one hundred and thirty-two minutes of the film is a powerful plot mechanism. It makes personal, intensely personal, the tyranny of the government. It shows what happens when an out of control government falls upon the head of one individual.
And really, it is just one line that has been echoing in my mind. "...but for three years, I had roses, and apologized to no one."
At the same time this has been on my mind, something else has as well. Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega. A simple, elegant song from 1981. No frills. A cappella. They don't often make music like that anymore.
It's the line "...oh this rain it will continue through the morning as I'm listening to the bells of the cathedral. I am thinking of your voice and of the midnight picnic once upon a time before the rain began..."
I suppose the rainy weather of Amsterdam makes me think of this second quote. But why the two are on my mind together? So often? What they really have to do with one another. I am not exactly certain.
Of Tom's Diner, I find the imagery of stopping to think of someone special while drinking coffee in a diner quite romantic. Presumably in a hurry, taking the time to daydream, enjoy coffee, and be elsewhere for a moment is quite enticing. It sounds like something I would do. Or have done.
Of Valerie's Letter, the entire piece is enchanting and haunting. That. Plus I am always inspired by the imagery of a strong woman living life on her own terms, with whom she wants to live it, how she wants to live it. That is something I aspire to.
"...but for three years, I had roses, and apologized to no one." "...oh this rain it will continue through the morning as I'm listening to the bells of the cathedral. I am thinking of your voice and of the midnight picnic once upon a time before the rain began..."
Living in rainy Amsterdam. Living in times that are very uncertain. An uncertain future. Living a fast paced life overly full with work, social obligations, and commitments. These two quotes are quite powerful in that context.