Author’s Note: This post was written on April 29, 2011. The internet has somehow done the impossible and made it totally disappear. Thus I’m reposting it due to the response I received for the Harlem Shake article. This is just how I think.
Here is the Fallon/Colbert reworking of Friday.
OK, so this is just bothering me now, so I need to blog it out. I saw Rebbecca Black’s “Friday” for the first time yesterday, and…yes, well, it’s better left unsaid i suppose. I was told promptly that I need to see the Colbert/Fallon version of the song, which I did this morning before work.
Now, my life is inundated with theology. I think in those terms because: 1. I always have, in one fumbling way or another. Which I take to mean that God has made me this way. 2. I have conditioned myself to do so. 3. I have been trained by very good theological minds to do so.
Thus, when I turned my mind to “Friday” as performed by the Roots, Colbert, Fallon, Hicks, and the Knicks City Dancers, the category that my mind slipped into was “Resurrection.”
It’s a hard thing to communicate, but the taking of of this rather middling piece of writing and musical arrangement (I place no blame on Black) and its reworking into something pretty amazing is an image of the renewal promised in the New Testament. Each small stumbling thing that we do can be made new, given new life, and raised in an immortal body by God.
The principle is worked out in Jesus’ “Unless a seed fall into the earth” and Paul’s “it is sown a corruptible body…” You can find it in the Pauline teaching that the whole creation is groaning, waiting to be made new, and in the Divine “Behold, I make all things new.”
We are often quite silly in our daily lives, pursuing goals and making decisions that are just as middling and monotonous as “Friday.” What can the Body of Christ do with them? What can its head do?
The performance by Colbert & Co. was funny and serious, a joke and also very clearly hard work. It lent a humorous dignity to something which would once have hung its head in shame among its peers. So shall it be with our stumblings and trip ups and failed good intentions. Christ will make them new in Himself. It has been said by C.S. Lewis that “the serious work of Heaven is Joy.”
This is a principle Lewis worked on in the Great Divorce. When a man’s lust in the form of a lizard, dies and rises in the form of a stallion, the lesson that Lewis derives is that if the Lizard of Lust can rise as something so magnificent as a stallion, what would a mother’s love look like?
We may then rightfully ask: If something as simple, mundane, and trite as “Friday” might become something as wonderful as the Fallon/Colbert version…what might the efforts of charity, respect, ecumenism, and interfaith peace become? In the hands of a Master…The Master…what will our silly efforts (perhaps even this silly blog post) be if they be made new in Him?