Posted on Feb 07 2012
This Toppin’ The Charts might be a little late, but don’t worry. You’re getting double doses of music today! Celebrate, hit the jump, and catch up~
I’m going to take these notes in a new direction today. Usually I give general comments, but I like giving credit where credit is due. Often times a music video is just a visual of an idol singing and dancing to their song, which isn’t bad, but it has little to no depth usually. There are times when music videos show off a much more in-depth flare however (as portrayed in my short-lived Music Meltdown series). The music video I’m talking about in particular has several translated names such as, “The Grasshopper Song“, “In Praise Of The Grasshopper“, or simply “Grasshopper” by Sunny Hill.
Some of you might already be familiar with the Aesop fable The Ant & The Grasshopper, which essentially is about the hardworking ant that continues to collect food (or in this case sugar) while the carefree grasshopper plays around all day. Once winter rolls around the grasshopper doesn’t have enough food to survive because she didn’t work hard, and as such she dies while the ant can stay holed up in his room with his food supply until spring. Rather depressing, but it still has a moral to the story.
Now, what does this have to do with a music video by a Korean group? Well, the music video and the song itself essentially ask the question was the ant really happy with his life? Despite working hard did he really achieve what he wanted most? So the video takes the perspective of the ant and how he works excessively hard. The other ants around him are getting bored, and try to break the mold of their life. Eventually one day while the ant is working in his room he sees the image of the beautiful grasshopper on TV. What occupation she actually has is up to interpretation, but the ant becomes engrossed by her image and desires to seek her out. He leaves his home in search of the grasshopper, and experiences a culture far different from his own. In this world he’s able to acquire sugar by different means besides constant work. Before he’s able to enjoy this sort of life fully he’s taken back to his life as an ant where he must constantly work.
“I’ve been such a fool in my life, repeating the same circle over again. All those times have passed, passed, passed and lost.“Essentially, the ant realizes the life he’s had has been a tiresome task he’s had to do over and over without any fulfillment. He decides to leave his home and all the food he’s worked so hard for to find a better life. There’s a ton of symbolism littered throughout the video from the choreography to the costume choices. It’s actually interesting to watch and see for yourself, which you can below. If you spot anything that hints at the “balance between work and play” moral they’re trying to teach feel free to comment below on your theories.
Make sure to comment below on what you loved, what you hated, and why! See ya next week~