Hello, my friends. Today I'd like to talk about a new medium of media that has come to my attention since I started college. Yes, I didn't discover music videos until college. But I have a legit reason. A lot of music videos really aren't good. I saw a few on Disney Channel and stuff, mostly pointless, although I was a fan of the Jonas Brothers' "Burnin' Up", haha.
Anyway, hanging out at college and exploring the Internet has opened my eyes to the actual artistic quality of some of the music videos out there. So I thought I'd share some of my favorites and get your thoughts. I'd love to expand my list too! Tell me about your favorite non-explicit music videos and I'll check them out.
My first set is going to be Linkin Park--actually, the majority of this post will probably be them. Linkin Park was already my favorite music group anyway (so awesome and intense!), and when I discovered the incredible depth and artistry of their music videos, I got hooked. So here are some of what Linkin Park has to offer:
I like this video because it has a very truthful, intense, but hopeful story going on with the abused girl and the song. The glass and tear graphics are really awesome too, in my opinion. "Crawling" is a pretty decent song.
This video for "Numb" is really incredible because just about everyone can relate to the story with the artist who feels shunned from society despite her obvious ability to contribute to it. I love the artwork shown as well.
This next one, the video for a recent hit by them that I've gotten into, made me cry. That's all I can say.
That's is the first music video I really got into. "Burn It Down" is one of my favorite songs ever, and I just love the graphics and intensity reflected here. Totally my style.
Moving on from Linkin Park, here's the other group I think does really good music videos: The Piano Guys. If you haven't heard of them, you need to. It's a cellist and a pianist, doing the best arrangements and covers ever, with the funniest/most inspiration videos ever. I'll post my two favorite videos by them, humorous ones in another post you can check out later. Here's one of the really inspirational ones I like:
Not only is the music incredible), but the camera angles with the orchestra and the Utah landscape are gorgeous. It gives me chills. Check out their other stuff, it's totally worth it.
A couple other random videos I like: First, one from Nickelback. I really like Nickelback's songs, but their videos don't tend to impress me. The one for "Savin' Me", which is the first modern song I ever got into, in middle school, is pretty good, however. I like the story here too, although it's kind of random.
Finally, a couple of Taylor Swift's videos that I've seen and liked. I hear she generally does a pretty good job with her videos, although recent ones have disappointed me. This one, for "The Story of Us" (which is one of my faves by her) is really good, though. I love the intensity and the obvious emotion.
And then of course, her famous old winner of a video, which actually made me cry because I'm so pathetic:
And that's that! Comments and additions are welcome. I'd love to see your own thoughts! Thanks for reading, and see you next Wednesday for some stuff about improv club!
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