Monday, October 27, 2008

Manic Monday - Ghost

The word of the day over at the Manic Monday blog is "ghost" and I bet you think I'm going to do a post with pictures like this one -

orb in the Old Burial Grounds

Nope, that's not the moon hovering over that grave as the moon was somewhere behind me and up in the trees so we'll just have to leave what that really is up to our imaginations. And yes, I was actually out in the middle of the cemetery when I took this picture but that's a story for another day as, believe it or not, this post isn't actually going to be about ghosts per say but about a ghost of a different kind - The Ghost of You to be precise. Feel free to listen to the video while I expound a little bit and see if I can instill a little music appreciation here!

On June 8th, 2004, My Chemical Romance released their second studio album titled Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge which produced four singles - Thank You for the Venom, I'm Not Okay (I Promise), Helena, and The Ghost of You.

The Ghost of You is a song about loss - whether it be the loss of a love, a family member, or a close friend. On the fourth day of its release, the video for the song rocketed to number one on MTV's music-video countdown show Total Request Live and benchmarked the changes in My Chemical Romance's musical style, fan-base and overall image paving the way for their next album, The Black Parade.

There are those who claim that MCR "sold out" from their earlier alternative rock image to one that was more pop punk or emo but I really don't think that's the case. Just because a band finally reaches some form of commercial success doesn't mean that they've forgotten their roots completely. Mainstream popularity is not a bad thing though there are those who seem to think it is. Apparently those people are the same ones who also love the title "starving artist" and figure that no good comes of anyone who can actually make a decent living off of their chosen art-form. Anyhow, I digress ... back to The Ghost of You ...

My Chemical Romance - The Ghost of YouWhen MCR did the video for this song, they "shot a movie and just edited it to be a video" in Malibu, California over the course of two days. The video closely depicts the opening scene from Saving Private Ryan and the invasion of Omaha though most of the video takes place in a USO setting where the band is performing at a dance. In a scene at the bar, Mikey (the band's bassist) seems to be reassuring his brother Gerard (the lead singer) that he'll be okay and that there's nothing to worry about as they spend one last night out before heading into battle the next day, however that's definitely not the case. Many of the scenes are prophetic of what is going to happen during the invasion.

My Chemical Romance - The Ghost of YouAs the band members storm the beach, Mikey is shot and despite efforts by Ray (the band's guitarist) who plays a medic in the video, Mikey dies on the beach with his eyes wide open. Gerard stands in shock as he sees his brother die and then has to be restrained as he tries to run to him screaming - though, of course, you don't hear that, you just see him screaming. This is definitely loss of the highest order and it's hard not to feel Gerard's distress and pain.

Overall the video is very moving and the song is, in my own humble opinion, one of My Chem's best. Having a fan for a daughter, I've heard all of their songs many, many times over and even though their earlier music is good, I think they definitely grew as a band and as storytellers through songs like this. Now if they'd just put out a new album ...

While we're waiting for them to do so, don't forget to go check out the other participants in Manic Monday over at Mo's Manic Monday Meme blog and see what other ghostly-goings-on are going on!


  1. The photo in the graveyard is eerie and you captured a huge globe! :0

  2. could you see that globe or orb with your eyes or just with the camera? that is scary!

    smiles, bee

  3. Anonymous10:05 AM EDT

    Ya know, I photographed a lot of pictures of cemeteries and have yet to catch a ghost.

    If you ever get a chance to do it, go to the D-day memorial in Bedford, Virginia. It was a great way honor those fallen soldiers.

  4. An interesting photo of the graveyard. If you could see it as you were taking the photo, my first thought would be, is there a marsh or swamp close by? Marsh gas can produce something similar to that - used to be called the Will o'the Wisp in some places.

  5. You are fortunate to be living with a teenager. It keeps you connected to the trends in music though there are some I'm not sure I would have survived. :-)

    MCR is a great band. The good ones grow and change and fans who expect them to stay as they were when first discovered are doomed to disappointment.

  6. You got me fooled with the cemetery pic :o) I did not expect music.
    I have to listen to it tonight. No speakers allowed at work :o(

  7. I love having kids that are into all the current stuff, so that I have an excuse to know about it all. It's a powerful video, clear to see why it was at the top of the charts.

  8. Anonymous12:59 PM EDT

    I've been curious about MCR for a while now and from this video, I like what I hear. So thanks for that!

  9. Great photo and great post for MM.

    Eerie cemetery photo.

  10. Linda, you might know that my nephew spent 6 months in Iraq and every day I thought of him and hoped he's come back alive. He did come back alive - thank goodness! War sucks!

  11. A creepy cemetary picture, Linda. I'd be scared!

  12. I have to admit I knew nothing of this band. I loved the song and video! You've got great taste in music. As far as the sell out thing goes, it happens to almost every band. I think a lot of people think they sound hip when they say, "I loved them till they got commercial..." In otherwords, no one wants to share their band...

  13. Well I'm too late for that one, but I certainly enjoyed yours.

    If you have a free mo, pop over and pick up your award. [Saturday's post on the new / not blogspot site]

  14. Anonymous5:29 PM EDT

    I like the photo of the graveyard. It`s interesting. As to My ChemicalRomance – they are awesome! I love them!

  15. Having just recently gone on a cemetery night tour, I know the feeling of seeing orbs in the pictures...yikes! lol You really did get a great picture of one!!

    The video you posted isn't says "no longer available". I haven't heard that song but then I usually have the country station on! lol It does sound like the video to the song is quite touching, though, will have to keep an eye open for it!! xox

  16. An interesting ghost post here. Have a happy Halloween!! Thanks for visiting my blog today.

    Alice at I Was Born2Cree8

  17. The moment a small band gains a measure of commercial success, and starts to make a bit of money from its vocation, some closed minded fans scream sell out. I've never understood that mentality.

    How does a band keep its fans happy? Make more music. How does a band afford to make more music? Sell some records. How does a band sell some records? Get radio play.

    What is radio play? Commercial success.

    Sounds pretty logical to me.

  18. Happy MM! Perfect photo for this week's theme...

    I invite your blog readers to see reaction of American Ghosts to our upcoming election for POTUS!

    peace, Villager

  19. Another orb...but of course!

    Cool video. I am so out of it as far as current music goes.

  20. Anonymous6:24 PM EDT

    Sorry I'm late. Hope you had a wonderful Monday.

    MCR is awesome. I've got some of their music on my IPOD.

  21. Cemeteries are GREAT at night! Wonderful shot!

  22. What can you say about the cemetery shot and the things in the air...You do live in Norbwich, don't you??

  23. Great shot for the season! Your a contest #14 winner come over and pick up your award!


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