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Best of: Music Videos

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What wonder and delight exude from the recesses of the human mind when entertainment is made to stimulate multiple of our mere five senses!

This is why music videos are one of my favorite things, ever! ^_^ The combination of a visual exposition that is created to pulsate our perception of light, forms, and figures in-time to a musical score often moves me to experience sensation throughout my body, stimulating yet another sense simply through influence! Marvelous, it really is wonderful to be alive 🙂

Dear readers, I have compiled a list of the coolest music videos I have seen, to my personal taste. Please enjoy some of “The Most Badass-est Music Videos” I have been able to find, all found in the playlist titled the same on my YouTube channel: The Most Badass-est Music Videos.

To optimize your personal experience, you can simply watch these videos, or read my personal interpretation of them to accompany the audio/visual experience.

Either way, enjoy!

BEST OF: PASSION

Flume, aka Harley Edward Streten, is “an Australian record producer, musician, and DJ.” Add him to the list of the many reasons that make Australia so appealing as a vacation destination!

Eliza Dolittle, real name Eliza Sophie Caird, is “an English musician and recording artist from London.” She has been performing since she was 15. The name “Eliza Doolittle” comes from a character in a play/book called Pygmalion written by George Bernard Shaw.

This video gives me the feels like a love letter from your crush in junior high does.

Even though the matching petite and gender queer actors are basically just making out the entire time (ok, so it’s kind of softcore porn, I’ll admit), you can’t deny that the minor chords of the song go very very well with the throes of passion exemplified in their bodies as they ravage each others’ faces in sensual delight.

That feeling of desire, of longing, of love and lust is one that is very familiar to most of us.

If someone asked me what I thought pure passion looked like, I would have them watch this video.

BEST OF: VISUAL APPEAL

Here is another video featuring the music of Flume.

This time, it’s a Flume remix of a song by Lorde.

Lorde, aka Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Score #2 for that part of the world providing us another musical gem of an artist!

While watching this video, I am reminded that there are certain times whenever my senses seem to blend together. I am not claiming to have synesthesia or anything. It’s just that for me, that which I find beautiful excites many of my receptors, and several of my senses all at once.

That is the case with this video. Whenever I see the golden crown erupt into a glitchy pixelated explosion, my heart explodes in time as well. My breathe catches, and an uncontrollable smile takes over my face, sending a warm tingling feeling down my spine and limbs as well.

What looks like liquid gold comes over the screen, it nearly makes me drool. I truly get a reaction in taste because of visual and audio stimulation; crazy!

This legacy this video leaves is one of beautiful visuals being open to whatever interpretation you would like. You can tell yourself, or someone else, a story about what it means while it plays, and whatever you say it is, it is.

It is the perfect amount of complexity and simplicity.

BEST OF: SILLINESS

Matt and Kim may be my favorite pop power couple. They are “an American indie electronic duo from Brooklyn, New York.”

This is based purely off of my love for their chemistry in their videos. They have made it a point to make a music video for every song they put out. Whether it is for marketing or for pure entertainment purposes, I don’t really care, I just enjoy them!

This video is not necessarily the silliest they have, but you can’t help but giggle, even if just a little, while watching.

Enjoy!

(Here are some other honorable mentions for silly music videos by Matt & Kim:

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Yea Yeah
Lessons Learned

BEST OF: CHOREOGRAPHING MANY MOVING PIECES

The first of OK Go’s music videos that became popular as I was growing up was “Here it Goes Again” where they were running on treadmills. Their videos have gotten much more complex since then, though they maintained their lighthearted yet well-constructed style.

The sheer numbers of people involved with this video alone are impressive.  Not to mention that they are all moving in synchronicity from the ground, and from an arial view. (My guess is that it’s a drone.)

The energy of the band and performers works to create a machine moving and working perfectly together through much patience and practice I’m sure, to bring us sucha spectacular viewing feature.

BEST OF: APOCALYPTIC

This video by Noisia is one of my favorite videos of all-time.

Noisia is “is a Dutch electronic music trio consisting of members Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger from Groningen, Netherlands.”

In this video, poor Tommy just wants to play! The whole world is at his fingertips…until needless fighting over heaps of junk takes that world away from him.

One thing I wonder whenever I watch this video is, why is it the women who are mainly featured fighting the uniformed authority? The junkyard men are only seen running away; and doing flips, I will give credit where credit is due. The women fighting the figures with weapons and armor do seem to take a lot of the spotlight in this video.

While the fearful and dark part of my mind and heart are utterly satisfied while watching this video, the scene of everyone bathing at the end, fresh and clean and smiling, leaves me feeling a sense of hope.

This is a video of apocalyptic hope.

BEST OF: PARTNER DANCING

Sigur Ros is “is an Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavík, who have been active since 1994.”

I could, actually I do, watch videos of dancers pretty much continuously throughout the day. There are honestly too many good ones for me to say that one is the best, or even better than the others.

This video in particular I enjoy because of the setting. It looks very…cyberpunk because of the abandoned, futuristic feeling of the surroundings, and the toxic/lime green color throughout.

You can see that the dancers are drawn towards each other in some sort of longing with their wild body movements. But the movements tell a story of something besides heterosexual, animalistic lust. It tells the story of individuality being constantly battered by the tides of chaos that life brings.

In the end, the two meld into one.

Very unique song and video here.

BEST OF: LIBERATION

Chase and Status “are an English electronic music production duo composed of Saul Milton and Will Kennard. In addition, MC Rage & Andy Gangadeen also make up the live band.”

Chase and Status have a collection of fantastic music videos.

My favorite part of this video is the scene where the family is performing a ceremony underneath the open gazebo-like structure. Our protagonist inhales from the pipe, the song stands still in suspense, and then the camera zooms up and out.

Then, what I see as the portrayal of the feeling of freedom I have seen, occurs. The young man is seen riding on horseback through an open field.

The cinematography and just the scene in general, brought instant and ecstatic peace to my soul.

This video is such a gift to me. I can simply recall this scene, and then imagine myself in the middle of a similar field or forest, arms and heart wide open to the fullness of the nature around me, in utter surrender to my place in the world.

That feeling of liberation is perfectly captured, and shared with the viewer, in this music video.

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Many styles, many songs and dances, one reason to enjoy these modern works of art: beauty is there for us to behold and for pur emotions to experience on whatever level we allow ourselves to ascend to. Let us not let a moment pass where we fail to appreciate the art that is created for our pure entertainment.

Seeing Fort Worth Through Different Goggles

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Most definitely play this song by a local band while you read to enhance your reading experience! \m/

 

You would think that an Oklahoma girl who moved away from her home state as soon as the opportunity arose would stay as far away from a city affectionately named “Cowtown” as possible. Yet here I am, and have been, in good ole Fort Worth, Texas for the past 6 months! I suppose that while I left Small Town, OK, my affinity towards judging things prior to actually engaging with and experiencing them myself have stayed with me. Fort Worth is actually a pretty cool spot to be for this upcoming freelance writer.

Being a writer, I love a good story, and this old town is full of them. Fort Worth has been around since 1849. This was a time when slavery was in full swing, as was the gold rush, y’all. Fort Worth was settled as an army outpost overlooking the Trinity River. The roots of this town are still seen thriving, if you’re looking. Segregation is still alive, as is the concentration of money in certain areas, and you can bet your boots that the Trinity River is one of the main attractions of the city. It is certainly lovely to walk or bike beside the river on a warm fall day. However, everybody here knows to avoid certain areas because of gangs and the crime that lives with extreme poverty. Fort Worth is a city of extremes.

Me personally, I live in a generally nice-ish area and work in a nice one. Being employed at Kona Grill in the West 7th area (we serve American food with an Asian twist; also, a full sushi bar and upstairs patio!), I have the pleasure of talking with long-time Fort Worth residents who come in for sushi and miso-sake sea bass that’s been marinated for 72 hours in miso-sake marinade. YUM! I like to chat about the arts district, since that is what I love most in life, art! Patrons often come in for food after visiting the Kimbell Art Museum (free) or the Botanic Gardens (also FREE!). I tell them I find it quite lovely that all of these artistic attractions are free. It helps keep a girl on a budget (if you can call being as broke as a stepped on stick “a budget”). They tell me that this area, poppin’ with restaurants frequented by TCU students and recent graduates, wasn’t always as nice. No one has yet said the word, but apparently the area used to be pretty ghetto.

"A Hibiscus, tropical but grows well in Texas and Oklahoma and better in Florida, Louisiana."
“A Hibiscus, tropical but grows well in Texas and Oklahoma.” Taken at the Botanic Gardens.

What a transformation! Whoever it was that dumped a ton of money over the past several decades into building some of the most astute and admired museums and gardens and theaters in the country, then decided to keep them free, I sure as heck appreciate it. It helps keep me out of trouble, and there is something telling me that, that’s exactly the point. The area was once rough and sparse, according to my at least decently well-monied patrons, and is now fresh and poppin’ with opportunity and young life. Again, no one has yet said the word, but with the building and rebuilding of businesses that I see going on before my very eyes, it seems like quite a few parts of the city are being gentrified.

The Southside area of Cow Town is another that is full of stories of what used to be and what is now. I had the pleasure of attending the outdoor festival called ArtsGoggle last Saturday, the 8th of October. After taking my exit 12B off of highway 30, I looked to the right and saw trains rusted and stopped in an old train yard, then to my left and saw the buildings of downtown rising higher and higher as I drove near them. It seemed that the day-long festival was square in the middle of these two extremes.

It took quite a while to park, but I did finally, in the parking lot of Paris Coffee Shop. I walked two blocks over to where the festival began. Just as the website promised, there were blocks and blocks full of vendors, all local artists! Much of the art was what you would expect from southern artists, like pictures of lizards painted onto beautifully stained wood. There was a lot of melted glass art; bottles that had been melted down into a hardened pile of glass that could now serve as a decorative piece. One of my favorite booths was of a young woman who is still an art student, but going to be featured in museums, with her oil painting and charcoal drawings of herself, looking very alive in a post-apocalyptic world wearing a gas mask. Very very cool Jamie.

Jamie's business card, is that not so rad?
Jamie’s business card, is that not so rad?

Not only that, there were “50 local bands across 5 stages.” I got to catch a little bit of the Kites and Boomerangs, I had to stop and dance for a moment, they were rockin’ out. I saw my friend from work there also, she said that she got to rock out to The Hendersons. I need to check them out also. My friend wears dark purple lipstick, so I naturally trust her taste in music.

Probably the most meaningful booth to me was the Sleeping Panther Press Publishing Company’s. What caught my eye walking by was the sign that said, “Writer’s Boot Camp.” I spoke with the founder who is also a writer and the editor of their annual compilation of short stories, poems, and screenplays all written by local writers. It’s called Panther City Review. I highly recommend it! The group of writers and critique-rs meet once a month. I am so there! And soso glad that I found somewhere I can go to have my writing read and improved upon that is right near where I live.

After walking around by myself for a bit, I went and found my friend who was there with her daughter and in-laws. My friend and her little one had never been to the festival either, but we agreed that it was a good way to spend a family-friendly Saturday afternoon.

It takes a vibrant community of artists, business owners, and benefactors to be able to sport such a successful event that is free to the public and given life by folks who are actually living in the city. Being at that event, I for the first time questioned why exactly “gentrification” has SUCH a negative connotation.

Forcing people out of their homes because of a more expensive cost of living and higher property taxes is obviously not cool. But after talking with some folks at the Fairmount neighborhood association (ArtsGoggle is in the historic Fairmount neighborhood), I gained some new perspective. There is a mixture of folks living in the Southside area. There are families who have been there for decades, and folks that just moved in months ago. Demographically speaking, the numbers of black and white folks living there are actually closer to even than they are in the state of Texas as a whole, so that doesn’t seem to be an issue. What I see through my own eyes is a thriving arts community full of young people of every color attending one of the several colleges in the city, being supported by an older generation of artists and connoisseurs who want the younger generation to have it all and give it their all.

The mixture of livelihood and poverty is sometimes as easy to see as the division from one block to another. Just about a week ago, my partner and I went to a local bar/restaurant that features mainly local acoustic songwriters and musicians. We sat on the rooftop. I was surprised that I got to enjoy a vegan veggie wrap while he ordered a craft burger. The Live Oak seemed to be in a nice location, but if you go a few blocks down, you get to see some blocks that are a bit seedier. But I still felt safe walking to my car after leaving the venue.

What makes a city great? The people, of course. While I won’t be living in Fort Worth forever, I’m glad I put my prejudices aside to explore what it had to offer. To humbly see the city with different “goggles,” if you will.

Monica Leigh Hooping in New Mexico

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One simply MUST dance whenever they are traveling on the open road.

It does not get more open than the desert of New Mexico. With my friends at my side, the railroad tracks behind me, and the potentiality of the universe on my mind, I danced to my heart’s content till all I craved was the shade.

Thank you for watching 🙂

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