Friday, September 26, 2008

countdown to meltdown: the first recessionist video!

I made this video today because I needed some sort of catharsis. This election/economic drama is just getting to be too much!

I had to set it to music, and could think of no better song than Orff's "O Fortuna" from "The Carmina Burana." More than likely, "O Fortuna" is a song you've heard before but never knew the title of, as it is frequently used in trailers for epic or apocalyptic films. I had the great privilege of seeing the entire "Carmina Burana" performed by the Chicago Sinfonietta when I was in high school. I think I fell in love with it because I was still studying Latin at the time. Oh yes, I should probably mention that the song is in Latin. I tried putting subtitles on the video, but they only took away from it. So here are the lyrics in English and Latin:



1. O Fortuna (Chorus)

O Fortuna,
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem;
dissolvit ut glaciem.
Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
et velata
mihi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.
Sors salutis
et virtutis
mihi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

O Fortune,
like the moon
with its changing phases,
you are ever growing
and waning;
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
and power
it melts them like ice.
Fate - monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing.
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.
When health
and virtue
are against me,
are only pain
and exhaustion,
forever in this vale of tears.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me!

and a little copyright disclaimer:

I consider this video an academic pursuit. I cited my sources.

This video is also available on YouTube at:


  1. Tiffany,

    you are a true artist, visionary, colorful thinker and extraordinary poet. Thanks for sharing the mindful way in which you see the world.

  2. Thanks, Anonymous. I'm grateful to know my artwork has a "secret admirer" out there somewhere. ;)

  3. from a fellow widgetboxer.....good job!



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