London-based duo Oh Wonder make some beautiful music together, and their latest music video is beyond sweet. They held a fake casting for their new music video where dancers had to come in and perform for them, but the casting was the actual video too. Midway through their routines, the backdrop fell, and the dancers were surprised with confetti canons and an entire line of backup dancers with massive pale pink balls.
These poor dancers who were auditioning for the music video had no idea what was going on, but being performers, it didn’t take them too long to just sort of get into it and go with the flow. I found myself beaming throughout the entire music video because you could see that even though their audition didn’t go to plan, and they had a pretty serious curve ball thrown at them, they just sort of embraced it and it ended up being beautiful. It’s possible that i’m reading too much into this, but i feel like it’s a great metaphor for life… we can’t always control what’s going on around us, and what other people do, but we can always control our own actions… if you’re willing to adjust your course in the face of serious and uncomfortable change, something amazing could be waiting on the other side.
Oh Wonder – Lose It
After an accidental leak by Yahoo, Taylor Swift has officially released the music video for “Blank Space,” the second single from her album ‘1989’. I have been a Swiftie for a good number of years – i preach her gospel like my after-life depends on it… so i understand why you wouldn’t think that i am the most reliable person when it comes to giving objective opinions on anything she does, but you need to take my word on this one.
If you are one of those people that pretty much only know Taylor Swift because she was once interrupted by Kanye West at the MTV VMAs, then you’re also probably one of those people who thinks that she is a crazy serial-dater who can’t be single, and writes songs exclusively about the men that have broken her heart… which is all categorically untrue. Except for the Kanye thing, that actually happened, obviously.
It’s got to be one of the most frustrating things for me to see on social media, and to hear in real life, that Taylor Swift lives in a constant state of either dating a guy or breaking up with a guy and writing a song about that guy. She recently did an interview where she finally calls out the general public and the media for this incredibly inaccurate and sexist label that she’s been given. She mentions that Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, etc all write about break-ups and heart-ache, yet she’s the one that raises red flags? How can you label one female artist as “some psycho who always sings about exes” when literally the entire industry, regardless of gender, do it? Is it because she turns those songs into hits? Or maybe her words are too truthful?
If you’re really honest with yourself – you’d realize the vast majority of successful pop/country/rock songs are about breakups and being hurt. She also explained that she’s only dated the same amount of people that any average late-teen/early twenties girl has dated. Her number isn’t particularly high, it’s just that such a big deal is made of every single guy she dates. Last year in Vanity Fair she said that she’s actually only dated TWO guys since 2010.
SLATE says on the video: “On Monday she unveiled the Gone Girl of music videos: She takes the caricature that she’s a psycho bitch, tries it on, and turns it back against her enemies.”
tl;dr – This music video shows Taylor Swift owning her psycho/heartbroken/crazy image that the media and the general public have given her… and in the end shows just how ridiculous that image is.
Taylor Swift – Blank Space
I’ve been playing this track on my show for a few weeks now and i can’t get enough of it. It’s one of those songs that crawls straight into your heart within the first few bars. A simply lyric music video has been released, and it’s beautiful! At the beginning of the video they’ve included home video footage of Jack (or maybe a kid that looks like Jack) as a toddler, and i think it could possibly be his Oupa who is talking to him? Just hearing that voice and the love with which he spoke to baba Jack already had me in tears. I miss my Oupa.
Checkit uit: Jack Parow ft Janie Bay “Veilig” – Music Video
So i’ve been away for a while, and i realize that i’m possibly a bit late on this – but if by any chance you haven’t seen the new Die Antwoord music video, you really should check it out. It’s no secret that i’m a massive Die Antwoord fan, they’ve accomplished more than any South African act, as far as i’m concerned, and they’re even more of a household name overseas, than here at home – and that’s a damn shame! When i travel overseas and people find out that i’m from South Africa, they always ask about: Nelson Mandela, crime, and Die Antwoord.