Monday, May 20, 2013

Sigur Rós - Glósóli (glowing soul)

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Sigur Rós - Glósóli from sigur rós on Vimeo.

(i was listening to iTunes on shuffle this morning and was reminded of this wonderful video)

the video to the Sigur Rós song Glósóli is a captivating piece of art.  
Sigur Rós is an Icelandic band that has a unique style, a unique sound with unique lyrics.  some of their songs are sung by lead singer Jonsi in a sort of made up language often referred to as 'hopelandic.'

the song Glósóli means 'glowing soul'.  
(from Wikipedia:  The name is a combination of gló- from the verb að glóa meaning "to glow, shine, glitter" and sóli meaning "sole." The second element of the name, sóli, shares its grammatical stem with the word "sól", meaning "sun". In combination "glósóli" can be understood as a childish way of saying "glowing sun" or "let the sun glow".)

the song is said to be about a boy who wakes up only to find the sun is gone... the sun has gone dark... so he searches for the sun.  the video creatively shows children on some sort of mission - upon reaching their destination - they take a 'leap of faith' and jump.

i think there are many metaphors that could parallel to youth ministry here.
1.  a search for hope.
2.  taking a leap of faith.
3. trusting that the sun (or Son) is out there to be discovered and enjoyed.
4. the innocence of life
5. a challenge to have a child-liek faith and a glowing soul.
6.  faith in something greater than ones self.
7.  parallels to Jesus gathering 'fishers of men' to follow him.

how might you use this video or song?  

Addendum 1:  I remember stumblign across a blog post in 2007 from Tall Skinny Kiwi (an emergent blogger).  Click HERE to see how they used the video with a series called THE DANGEROUS WORDS OF JESUS.
Addendum 2:  i found THIS youth group that tied in the video to a youth worship service - in which they took a deeper look at each of the characters in the video.  

below is a YouTube upload of the video:

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