smart / girl in a coma

Jim Mendiola is a storyteller.  One of the good ones.  Among his preferred media are films, videos and screenplays, he’s been known to flex his creative muscles as a writer, director and filmmaker. You could apply the label “indie” to Jimmy since his much of his work has tended to be off the mainstream radar, but I wonder how long that will last?

His newest work – well, let me amend that, the latest that I’ve seen from him, is a music video he directed for the band “Girl in a Coma” who, like Jimmy, are from San Antonio, Texas –

– for a song – ‘Smart’ – on their new album.  A recent article in Rolling Stone says –

Girl in a Coma’s new video for “Smart” brings them back to some of their most cherished inspirations – the music videos of the Eighties and the Smiths, whose song “Girlfriend in a Coma” gave the group their name. In keeping with the Eighties vibe the band, comprised of sisters Nina and Phanie Diaz and bassist Jenn Alva, wanted director Jim Mendiola to evoke the tone and look of their favorite music videos from the decade. “During my research, I was struck by the amazing video work Derek Jarman did with the Smiths, very nostalgic and melancholy and incredibly textured, a perfect match for this song,” says Mendiola.

But those are just words.

Look at the video.  Then you’ll understand.….why I fucking love Jimmy.….and am occasionally in awe of him.  Here it is –

And if you suffer from the disease of liking to read the words too, the lyrics, here they are –

 

“smart”

 

face the wall of faded pictures

i’ve never been in love like this

 

place a ring upon a finger

i’ve never felt a rush like this

 

and don’t you ever start to wonder

what’s it like to be alone?

to sit and stare and ponder

living life it’s not your own

 

oh let’s watch tomorrow go

 

hold your head up though you’re shaking

i’ve never felt a rush like this,

not quite like this

 

you were never one to fake it

i’ve never felt a lust like this,

not quite like this

 

and don’t you ever start to wonder

what’s it like to be alone?

to sit and stare and ponder

living life that’s not your own

 

oh let’s watch tomorrow go

 

I can relate.  So can a lot of people I suspect, and not just GIAC fans.

Don’t you ever start to wonder…what’s it like to be alone? To sit and stare and ponder. Living a life that’s not your own…

Yeah.  Been there.

Jimmy, man.….good job.  When are we going for puffy tacos, dude?

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2 comments on “smart / girl in a coma

  1. Robert says:

    Great post. I couldn’t agree more, Jimmy does some amazing work. Lucky him that he gets to work with muses like Girl in a Coma.

  2. Agree. And it’s a 2-way kind of luck – lucky 4 him that he is able to work with such find musicians (Girl in a Coma) – and lucky 4 them too that when it comes time to make a music video, they get to collaborate with a director who really speaks the language (and it is a language) of visual filmic storytelling.

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