Saturday, April 21, 2012

S: Sugarland

Reading a Sunday paper, some time ago, I came upon a set of brief interviews with artists who felt their music video added to the song being performed. I was curious and turned to my computer, invoked the Google, cranked up the iTunes, and went searching.

Three of the videos I watched were complex, highly-produced affairs. Short-short movies, in effect. In truth, it was difficult to remember the song, given the complexity of the video.

And then there was "Stay". Jennifer Nettles said in the interview, if I remember rightly, that her Gran doesn't like to watch the video. She doesn't  like to see her granddaughter cry. It seems in the performance, while it is a performance, Ms. Nettles tapped into real emotion, and it spilled over (so to speak).

The video structure is very simple, just the two performers, but it packs a punch that...um...stays with you.

The other songs on the album aren't so emotional, least not in that way. But an enjoyable CD nonetheless.

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  1. An emotional singer, sometimes that can bring out the best in them can't it. I don't know this album at all.

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    1. The album is good, Helen. There are a number of tracks I like, Stay is my favorite.

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  2. I love that song and that video. The emotion was so real that Kristian Bush, the other half of the Sugarland duo, interrupted the filming at one point to make sure Jennifer was really okay.

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    1. As I understand it, Tim, they left the video as is, because it conveyed the emotion so well.

      Great song, great performance.

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  3. She really wrings out the emotion in that song. I agree that some of the complex videos are more like mini movies and the song becomes background music.

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    1. Agreed, Laura. Sometimes artists - or their video producers - forget the song is the important element (unless, of course, the song isn't up to it and the video is required - but that's another post).

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  4. I don't know that one - I'll have a listen.

    Lynn - from the challenge

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    1. Enjoy it, Lynn. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Sounds like a good song and video. I'll have to check it out.

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