Jan. 7th, 2016

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In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

The Kids from Yesterday by My Chemical Romance

I love the entire album that this song is from - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys; I love the concept, that it is this post-apocalyptic sci-fi thing, that part of that is the use of fake radio as a framing/narrative device, that they produced music videos as part of that and that entire aesthetic - that we have brightly clad heroes facing down an evil establishment in the desert, that there is a comic book sensibility to it, and that a comic book was in fact produced. That is all really good for me.

The Kids from Yesterday is my favourite song off of that album. I love the start, how it kind of sounds like a video game wait screen, how inviting the drum line is to an audience - it's like an invitation to clap or do whatever your rhythm thing is, it's so easy - and how it builds. ...and then the song itself is this, like, sincere appeal to live your life, to go for it nobody what anyone says. It's acknowledges the darkness of life and encourages you to make something to light it up, that that light lasts after we're gone. ...and it's art and sadness all tied up together and an acknowledgement of your past self.

"We are the kids from yesterday, today" is my favourite line in this, because on a meta level this is the album they made when they were in the midst of turning thirty and they decided to go cosplay in the desert with Grant Morrison, so there is that thing of holding on to bits of your childhood self, like your playfulness, and becoming or in some ways refusing to become reconciled with your adult life. This song, to me, is about finding yourself, and being true to yourself, and facing down the darkness and winning. So, yeah, it is my favourite song on that album and I love it.

The Official Music Video is all concert footage and there are a lot of crowd scenes and it closes on this really lovely collection of messages that are part of the whole MCR thing, including "art is the weapon"; it's awesome. The video has its roots in a fanvid by RosaLui that's really great and very fannish, and the story between those two videos is ace, too. I recommend checking them out if you haven't already.

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