10SC WLTZ (2017)
10SC WLTZ is a Dutch Schlager song I have written and recorded with Dutch artist Liesbeth. The song is about a woman who falls in love with a man in a chat room: CooleDaan_453. She wants to escape her everyday life and physical, mortal coil to travel to the digital reality where CooleDaan lives, hoping to find her paradise. She sheds herself from her physical form and decides to live immortally in the digital realm.
The posthuman journey of Liesbeth could be a metaphor for imagery and information floating around on the Internet, the lifespan of these symbols and their immortality. When life, time and death mean something in the physical world, in the world of human-made signs and symbols relevance seems to be the source of 'life'. If people keep talking, thinking, tweeting about something, it will live. But on the Internet, signs can stay alive, even when people forget about it. It can live on, in comatose condition, in the depths of our databases, not quite alive but also not dead. Immortal.
In the video Liesbeth slowly descends to these lowest ‘Circles of the Internet’ (where everything in the physical world would have been long dead) alongside other seemingly random Internet images, symbols of a culture that floats amid WiFi waves and is stored in databases. A world torn away from any reality whatsoever.
10SC WLTZ refers to the Tennessee Waltz, a song by Liesbeth from 2008, of which the 10SC WLTZ is a cover. The song by Liesbeth also is one of many covers of the Tenessee Waltz by Patti Page (1950.)