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Published on Sep 16, 2012
making music videos is a tricky thing... one side of the mind naturally wants to do something that's visually arresting, while the another part worries that the eye candy will distract from the song itself... even worse is the idea that from then on in,even when folk hear the music without the video,they will always have that bloody eye candy running in their minds too.
i love the idea of listeners finding their own imagery or feeling when they hear music... i worry that by making videos for my songs, i stand in the way of the listeners own imagination and talent.
and yet at the same time i want to give my recordings the best wheels i can,just to make sure they're out there somewhere in the world.
when i heard the ziggy stardust record for the first time,i'd seen nothing except one chart show television clip... my brain was free to make up all the pictures for the music at will... in those days ,there were very few television/film/video platforms for music... and yet somehow music managed to drive culture ...i guess music made way for folks own imagination.. this was a powerful thing...and it seems MTV blew that beautiful thing away forever...right from under our very noses... i would even say my songwriting is heavily informed from having grown up through an era where it more about the ears than the eyes.
some would argue that music became even more popular when the MTV era kicked in, but i would argue that while the *market* got bigger,the feeling for the music itself got lost behind a sea of over sugared imagery.
this new song of mine *middle class white trash ways* is all about having a little restraint and composure for this life...[i may have neither] i enjoyed writing the lyric a lot..it wasn't a teeth puller... it was written over only a few concentrated evenings... and structuring the arrangement was fun too...it was all about guitars , orchestration and classic style songwriting..