Last night, while looking for new and interesting material on one of my favorite bands, Talk Talk, as well as one of its principal members and creative forces, Mark Hollis, I found this bonafide gem of a video. Don't know how I missed this in past trips down the internet rabbit hole looking for material about Hollis and Talk Talk. Doesn't matter, really. So glad to have found it now. I am not entirely sure about the history of the video. It is clearly a formal interview, Hollis is incredibly articulate, engaged, and forthright--complete with shirt and tie! As near as I have found, so far, it is a video/interview that is likely part of a larger interview done around the time of the release of the very last Talk Talk album, "Laughing Stock," and before Hollis essentially walked away from the media and became largely reclusive. There is mention on the web of a larger, nearly one-hour interview with Hollis from which this short clip is likely a grossly edited version featuring the crystallized nuggets from that longer/deeper conversation. This video blew me away. Why? I think it captures the essence of not only what functioned as the mission/core of the final two Talk Talk albums, "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughing Stock,"—both masterpieces and anomolies—but also foreshadows and speaks to the musical direction of the only solo album by Mark Hollis, the self-titled, "Mark Hollis." But even beyond that I feel it represents universal principles that could easily apply to almost everything, more than just music. Just like Hollis' suggestion that recorded music and the instruments and technique should not be dated, but timeless, I feel his views are indeed timeless and universal across disciplines, not just unique to the world of music.