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“The First Day of My Life”

I happened across this video by Bright Eyes, directed by John Cameron Mitchell a few years ago, and remembered how much I adore it. So many faces, so much love apparent.

The couples and the way they interact–kissing, listening, holding their toddler while she dances–are all fun in the video, but for some reason I’m moved the most by the forlorn man with the dark curly hair in the middle of the video. He dons this nearly expressionless expression where you know he’s moved by something extraordinary and it’s all internal. Mitchell’s way of filming the video seems like we, the audience, are eavesdropping as these folks listen to Conor Oberst. Like a tiny little sunburst for your Sunday morning.

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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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