Secular revival hymn
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…