Daft Punk and the "Redwoodian" Road

I tend to circle around particular bands and artists while writing particular books -- Zero 7 and Sia both remind me of "Redwoodian" -- and Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" has been a major part of this last Wilfair book.

Those robots hold a soft space in my heart, and while "Get Lucky" is a charming ditty I'll never tire of, ever, "Touch" is my favorite track from the album.


1. Longer songs with a lot of distinct parts are fab (and the part in the middle with the piano and horns is sooooooo good).

2. I'm a big Paul Williams fan -- he co-wrote "The Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie"! He's on the song's vocals.

3. "If love is the answer you're home, hold on" is the best refrain. Sorry other refrains everywhere, it just is.

4. And the video? It's roboty and ethereal and mind-pulling.

More than that, all of the exterior scenes were filmed exactly where the start of "Redwoodian" takes place: Inyo County. The video opens on a road which is the exact road that "Redwoodian" opens on, which nearly made me drop my cup of coffee when I first watched it.

And it is funny to me, because the gorgeous area -- it is near the middle of California, on the eastern side of the Sierra -- is vast and vista-filled and historic but not especially given to fantasy worlds, at least at first glance. But whenever I'm there I think fanciful thoughts, so seeing that my two favorite robots also dig the county as a seat for strange world-building chuffs me no end.

Questions: Is there a whole universe beneath Inyo County? Is the air one part oxygen, one part enchantment? And who else is out there building odd little stories in that epic and wild space?

I believe the video is taken from the longer "Daft Punk's Electroma," which I want to see. For now, here's a picture of the robots on the "Redwoodian" road, the video, and Kermit the Frog singing Paul Williams's "The Rainbow Connection."


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