It's wonderful to simply share songs that we love, but why not make a huge deal out of posting music videos of note?
>If you think a lot about a music video with a particular appeal, tell us why you adore it so!
For example, I'll start with Grayson Hugh's music video for the blue-eyed soul single "Talk It Over", which features a lot of 'trick photography' and visual motifs that I find interesting given my slight but fun background in A/V work (the whole set of scenes being a metaphor for romantic drama):
Interesting. I like how the suitcases seem to be used as a metaphor for different things.
The music video I thought of was Rodney Crowell's "Triage." It was made during the COVID-19 pandemic. I like the music video because of the simple, yet compelling imagery.
Given that the first two posts are about serious artistic projects, I want to share something entirely satirical and humorous:>>>1149039
I absolutely feel that profound sense of anxiety, decay, and stagnation from the entire song with that music video. It's interesting, though, that he has a rather calming, even soothing vocal style that stands as a kind of philosophical counterpoint to the drama. He reminds me a lot of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, actually. Those British singer-songwriters. I'm a little surprised that I don't think that I've heard of him before... yeah.
Thanks a ton for sharing!
I find it remarkable that an actor can personify a character this well with a massive crowd of colleagues to deal with, and while maybe not technically a 'music video' per se this clip has a combination of singing with emotional displays of performing that I love:
This youtube music video will never fail to not be amazing.
im cheating, but given that Jimmy Buffet passed away, i thought i would drop his most famous song in here
Rest in Paradise, Jimmy. hopefully you found your lost shaker of salt
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The thumbnail reminds me of Robert Crumb's work, like:>
The song itself tells one story, and the music video gives another side of it plus the resolution. If you are interested in watching it and aren't familiar with the song, I'd suggest listening to it first without watching the video, and then watch the video.
seeing thage made me think of this
"Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes has an incredibly simple and straightforward message, as far as I've read, such that it's an existential scream of encouragement. It's better to be alone and fight for yourself than be a part of a crowd, including being in a romantic paring, in which you smother what you truly are. It's better to be the "owner of a lonely heart" than the "owner of a broken heart". And success in life can only come through fighting and sacrifice.
As the frontman shrieks, "You've got to want to succeed!"
The music video is a rather long one, as you'd expect, and it's heavy on all kinds of art film type pieces. A man turns into a soaring bird. Somebody else gets tortured with creepy-crawly bugs squirming around on his face. And so on.
I had to look up the lyrics because that's never been how I've interpreted the song. among other impossible to discern falsetto lines, I always thought the key line was "take your chances with a loser
" which completely changes the meaning of the song. more like a sarcastic turn of "better to have loved and lost...", so instead of being the owner of a lonely heart, even though you say you don't want to chance it because you've been hurt before, pull yourself up and take a chance with a loser / the singer.
which ties in nicely with Lonesome Loser"It's ok," he smiles and says,
though his loneliness is driving him crazy
He don't show what goes on in his head
But if you watch very close you'll see it all.
Pancho and Lefty was written and originally performed by legendary Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt in 1972. The song tells the story of a Mexican bandit named Pancho, loosely based on Francisco "Pancho" Villa, and his associate named Lefty. The song implies that Pancho was killed after he was betrayed by Lefty, who was paid off by the Mexican federales.
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard had been working on a collaboration album in 1982, which upon nearing completion, Willie felt lacked "that blockbuster, you know, that one big song for a good single and a video, and my daughter Lana suggested that we listen to 'Pancho and Lefty'. I had never heard it and Merle had never heard it." Lana Nelson returned with a copy of the song and Willie Nelson cut it immediately with his band in the middle of the night but had to retrieve a sleeping Merle Haggard, who had retired to his bus hours earlier, to record his vocal part.
In the video, Willie Nelson plays the part of Pancho. Merle Haggard plays Lefty. And Townes Van Zandt, who originally wrote and performed the song a decade earlier, appears in the video as the captain of the federales, and later, as himself playing a guitar.
I never actually listened to much of this guy and really have next to no idea who he is, but I will forever credit him for being one of the first times I took note of how effective soundtrack dissonance can be in films.
More specifically, I speak of the use of his song "Mama Tried" in The Strangers from back in 2008. What a perfect choice of song.