The art of the music video is a necessity in today's musical world. There even used to be an entire television channel dedicated to music videos. Remember MTV? Now they only focus upon reality shows dealing with the pressures of being a rich white teenage girl. Music videos now reside on the internet on sites such as YouTube and Vevo. What the technological revolution has taken away are those times at three in the morning when you would wake up and see some obscure music video playing on MTV. With the internet, we just search what we want to see and are rarely introduced to new gems.
I'm sure you can think of many, but here are five great music videos (both serious and funny) that you may have missed:
- God or Julie's "Say Your Last Goodbye" - I'm not sure what ever happened to this band, but I happened to see them live on a January week night at CBGB in 2005 and was taken back by how good they were. This was one of their stand-out tracks about a troubled young lady. Will she be OK or won't she? You'll just have to watch and see.
- The Gaslight Anthem's "Handwritten" - The title track from the New Jersey-based band's 4th album is a touching look at the life-cycle of a record and those that were touched by the music as it was handed down and passed from place to place and person to person. Truly one of the best I've seen in many years.
- Meg Myers' "Tennessee" - If you are as sick of hipsters as Meg Myers and I are, then you are going to love this one. "Oh! Your band is playing an abandoned synagogue tonight? I don't think so." Myers' sense of humor and sarcasm is not only what makes the song, but pushes the video into bringing the lyrics to life.
- Ben Harper & the Relentless 7's "Skin Thin" - The video accompanying this soft ballad follows two lonely people that closely cross paths, but never actually find each other. As you're watching you keep hoping they do, but they wind up back where they started-alone.
- 2 Skinnee Js' "One Summer" - Even someone with no sense of humor can laugh at this one. Bored? Why don't you just make a "ghetto amusement park" on your roof and advertise it on television. You never know, you may get a customer!
If you're a music lover, pick up a copy of my book, "A Fire That Wouldn't Go Out," available now on Amazon.