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Secular revival hymn

January 29, 2008

I have a confession to make: I really like Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten.  It’s uplifting and fun, and so is the very clever video that goes with it.  So un-fashionably un-cynical.

And here’s the acoustic low-budget version of Unwritten

She’s really easy to look at, too, which I won’t pretend not to enjoy.  But that seems to be a major factor in the success of female artists nowadays.  Is the ubiquity of video acting as a music selection filter?  How much wonderful music are we missing from women who just don’t look that ‘fabulous’ on camera? (It seems to be OK for men to be visually rough)  And how much of the video production is driven to have the great-looking artist on screen?  In the highly ‘produced’ version, notice the level of abstraction needed to say something visually beyond “Man, isn’t she great-looking?” 

I love that scene in the “Pink” video Don’t Let Me Get Me where she says; “LA told me, You’ll be a pop star, All you have to change is, Everything you are…”

Damn, there’s that cynicism kicking in again.  Oh well…

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  1. David
    January 29, 2008 at 09:16 | #1

    I remember the song “Have a Cigar” by Pink Floyd off their tribute album for Syd Barrett, ‘Wish you were here.” I really loved the lines “The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think. Oh by the way, which one’s Pink?”

    But then, I’m kind of cynical about the music recording industry.

  2. January 30, 2008 at 11:28 | #2

    There’s a wonderful article in the new issue of relevant magazine about her and her work. She’s got a wonderful, uncompromising, work ethic, is a believer (which gives a bit of a clue as to her worldview),is from a family of musicians in the UK, and believes in her art. In otherwords, she’s a songsmith and although she does pop, I might have to pick up her CD!

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