Two Song Tuesday: Interpretations of The Decemberists’s O Valencia

The first installation of Two Song Tuesday is a repost from my now-defunct blog. Enjoy; more will follow.

Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Natalie Wood put a timeless interpretation on an ageless tale.


The Decembrists have their own take on star-crossed lovers, but after watching the original O Valencia music video, I found a more fascinating fan-made short. The video show the song’s story in context of a non-normative relationship; in this case, the complicated fan/star relationship, which the video gently mocks and firmly embraces. It’s interesting what role visual and tactile media – as well as imagination and wish fulfillment – play for mere mortals. At what point should one not have a cardboard cutout of Han Solo in his or her room?

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