You're probably wondering what sorts of things do I do at Mixed Meters when I'm not worried about foolish opera festivals and frightening neo-Nazis. One thing is that I take pictures of trash, things other people have thrown away and no one else, except me, ever looks at.
If I find trash which is moving I make a video of it. Sometimes I write some music to go with the video. I never know what sort of music to expect and neither should you.
To that end, here's a little video drama, complete with my musical soundtrack, entitled "(Sometimes I Feel Like) A Newspaper in Traffic".
Our hero is a sheet of newsprint, a flyer advertising loss leaders for a large grocery chain. The paper is separated from his friends and far from the safety of his metal rack. I found the paper on a busy Pasadena street directly across from a store in that large grocery chain. Crossing a street is quite an accomplishment for something with no motor abilities at all.
As the scene opens, our hero is being attacked by a series of terrible mechanized war machines from the present against which he has no defense. He must roll with every punch. But during a lull in the attacks he is able to regain some lost ground by gliding on a gust of wind. Eventually the enemy regroups and the sheet of paper is driven off. Apparently things end badly for our protagonist.
(Sometimes I Feel Like) A Newspaper In Traffic © 2010 by David Ocker 99 seconds. You can find the video directly on YouTube here. Please consider watching in hi-def. Please consider leaving a comment.
Other recent videos of mine:
Flashing (for Kraig Grady)
Water With Ducks
Squawk! (in which a peacock sings a short phrase from the Joe Liggins tune "The Honeydripper")
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