I hadn’t heard the song Rise by Katy Perry until I stumbled upon this video; I’m not a huge modern pop fan, so this isn’t such a surprise, but I didn’t even realize that Katy Perry was singing until over half way through the video. I then suspected enough to confirm the knowledge.
Moving on, this week’s aforementioned feature is Yuri!!! On Ice inspired from the mind of MoonlightGodfrey:
I love this video because it exemplifies Victor’s career to a T. Victor has always been a god on the ice, and he’s spent his career racking up awards and accolades; even as he ages and people assume that he will soon retire or lose his ability (“they’re whispering, you’re out of time” and “oh, ye of little faith, don’t doubt it”), he doesn’t take the predicted route, instead going on to coach Yuuri and, as the lyrics indicate, transferring that fire to his protege. ( “Victory is in your veins.”) He knows that he’s lost his spark, and he “won’t just survive,” but will rather “thrive” even if it means giving up everything that he has ever known and throwing away what he has worked for; even as others like Yakov doubt him, he does not waver as he travels to Japan. This ultimate change, this being there for Yuuri and subsequent career move allows him to “rise” in a different fashion, because he is no longer trapped in his cold life; he can rise to new emotional heights with Yuuri beside him. The irony of the final lines is palpable when one considers how very obsessed Victor used to be with surprising the audience, and it speaks well of his return to the ice. “Don’t be surprised; I will still rise.” He has in Yuuri what he needs to compete fulfilled; he will indeed rise to new heights.
When, when the fire’s at my feet again
And the vultures all start circling
They’re whispering, you’re out of time
But still, I rise
-Rise, Katy Perry
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