OUTSIDE (WITH THE OUTSIDERS) # 1
“The slow, disco, video clips, from reggae to new wave, there’s something for everyone.” As Marcel Lehon sings, nothing escapes this immense program of involuntary parody of dominant music. To say it’s impossible to listen to this program is to say it’s difficult and disagreeable to listen to it, but also that it is this way in the sense that we shouldn’t have the right to listen. Their songs are a desperate, extraordinary telephonic message left on an answering machine. After the ‘beep’, we hear what we never should have heard. We hear a message that was not destined for our ears. Through their song, we have access to what we should never have been able to access. We see what we never should have seen. We go into their childhood bedroom. We go into their adolescent bedroom. We enter their house. Their apartment. We see the rooms they live in. We listen to their intimacy. We listen to their prayer. We also hear the sharp hiss of the scrape of cloth between their legs because they’re wearing jeans, for example. We walk in their living room as if it were a stage, we listen to voices that lower their tones, we see the heads of spectators who little by little cease moving, that come to a standstill, and curved fingers that move and discreetly designate us. We don’t know where the furniture is placed and we bang our tibia against the coffee table or the couch. We walk, dazed, under the projectors’ light, or are they the neon lights of the kitchen or the bulb in the bedroom, micro-tie, hiss of trousers between legs, ghost-furniture the moment of daze now over a bit like the first day of the trial period of the first day of work, where daily actions are inflated with a new density, we continue to advance with a hesitant and constrained step, and end up by miracle reaching an imaginary scenic place that is yet completely real and which is located just in front of a PC screen.
What would be incorrect to say would be to say that we watch all of them. What would be incorrect to say would be to say that we don’t watch them. What it would not be incorrect to say would be to say that we don’t speak of them without smiling. We watch them. We listen to them. Without a doubt we listen to them less than we watch them. We laugh. But we don’t talk about them without laughing. We watch them. We have fun. We watch them. We have fun. We watch them. We have fun. We watch them. We have fun. Several thousand times. Until, tired from having laughed so much, we begin to listen to them seriously, forgetting to watch them, caught up in a time that no longer belongs to us.
The teacher says take a pencil and draw a circle. The teacher say it’s the circle of what you like to do. The teacher says keep the pencil close at hand and draw a second circle which overlaps the first, this is the circle of what you’re good at. The teacher says don’t put down your pencil and draw a third circle which overlaps the first and the second circles, this is the circle of what you know how to sell. The teachers says to succeed at doing what you want to do, what you want to do must be at the intersection of these three circles. The teacher says according to (American) methods of leadership management recommended by Jim Collins in his book Good To Great in order to optimize your potential what you do must lie inside the three circles. The teacher says you aren’t good at what you like to do and you also don’t know how to sell what you’re not good at but that you like to do. At this point, Cazoul gets up from his chair and interrupts the teacher and says: don’t try to understand what you do. Cazoul says you are located only in the first circle. In the circle of what you like to do. And you feel good there. Yes, you feel good in that circle. Cazoul says “Make way for music”. Cazoul says that now that’s all there is to do. Cazoul says that you should only do that now. Cazoul say that just that is a lot. Cazoul says that music is a lot of things to do. Cazoul says that there are a lot of things to do. Cazoul say that I really have a lot of things to do.Cazoul say that I’m really very busy. Cazoul says that today I really have a lot of things to do. Cazoul says that before I had less stuff to do, but that today the only thing left to do is to do what has to be done. Cazoul says that to succeed at doing everything that needs to be done, you have to gallop across fields and avoid all these obstacles that slow us down before death.
Recorded at the Espace Khiasma on Monday, September 23, 2013, as part of the Relectures 14 Festival
A transcript translated into English and Arabic will soon be available on the website