Do you remember how music videos used to dominate television? A huge part of my adolescent television activity was spent flipping between the 2 music channels; I regularly got ready to go out on Friday nights while watching the top 20 countdown on Much Music. I remember staying up late to watch the premiere of a music video, or recording a series of them onto a VHS tape to play over and over without those dreaded commercials. It’s strange to think of now with the constant exposure an artist has over social media, magazines and press, but those 3 minute snippets were often the only peek into an artists life that a fan had. Those mini-movies have the power to completely transform the impression of a song. While music videos are still made and virally shared and watched on You Tube, it’s becoming increasingly rare for people to say ‘Yeah, it’s a good song, but did you see that video!’. It’s an art form that seems to be on the decline since the inception of the mass-sharing of mp3s.
One music video that changed my life was the Aerosmith video for the song ‘Crazy’. My best friend and I, a blond and brunette, sang that song at the top of our lungs and fantasized about escaping from the clutches of our small town just like Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler did in the movie. While getting stuck in a small town and having to strip for money to get home wasn’t a part of our fantasy, we did eventually get our music video moment. Four years ago we hopped in a car and headed to the Grand Canyon, Thelma & Louise/Alicia & Liv style. We cruised through red mountain terrain, finally living our young dream and singing loudly to the desert skies ‘Say you’re leaving on a 7:30 train and that you’re heading out to hollywoooooooooood’.
Our dream of course, wasn’t just to head out down dirt roads, dress cheaply and stay in fleabag motels. It was to be best friends and have adventures just like the girls in the video. I find people are often disappointed by how their life compares to their fantasy because of their ideas of what the people around them should be like. I personally am the luckiest person in the world when it comes to friends. You know that friend that everyone fantasizes about, the one that is always behind you and would stick up for you even if you’re wrong? Well, I’ve got her. I’ve had my share of fair-weather friends, but their indifference to staying in my life doesn’t bother me very much because I’ve got quality over quantity. She’s the most admirable, bravest person in my life and the only girl who is crazy enough to jump into a car with me with only an atlas and an idea planted in our heads by an Aerosmith song.
So this here timeless video is for you and your enjoyment today, but it’s also for my best girl Amber. You’re the Meredith to my Cristina, the Maria to my Liz, the Alicia to my Liv and you’ll always be my very favourite person to have adventures with.