Some songs/videos I'm enjoying of late. Not surprisingly, all of them are about relationships. Cuz the best songs are about relationships.
- Alison Kraus & Robert Plant (yes, the Led Zep RP) in Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On). Nice to see some "seasoned" rockers getting the job done and having their video butt-up against those of pre-pubescents. This is one of those songs that if you hear it first thing, you're going to sing it all day and there's just no gettin' 'round it. Always had an affinity for break-up songs that are, well, peppy. The video is worthy, too, in that real deliberate "what was old is new again" way: drapey gold lame and tinsel curtains, a lounge, a bubble machine, disco balls and go-go dancers. The wind-socky things could have been tacky, but there are so many of them that the scene transcends tacky and bravely ventures into the land of FUN.
- Kate Nash's song/video Foundations. Clever lyrics ("My fingertips are holding on to the cracks in our foundation/ I know that I should let go/ But I can't.") delivered in a quirky voice, passing off the seriousness of the relationship "issues" by being kind of sly & snide. The video (colorful, kitschy, kawaii-cute) continues this tongue-in-cheek vibe, letting the visuals add a layer of surprising & enjoyable "jokes". Will let you discover what they are for yourself.
- The most positive take on romance out of the trio I'm sharing today is Ingrid Michaelson's The Way I Am, a lazy, sweet, warm love song. After hearing over-produced artists, it is so nice to hear this pure, clean, stripped-down voice. The lyrics show a practicality in the way that love is conveyed ("If you are chilly, here take my sweater"), and there is a realness about The Way Things Are that the moon-june-spoon-swoon songs just can't touch -- they never mentioned Rogaine, after all. Oh, and the video features a clown nose. How can you go wrong with that? :O)