dhex wrote: ↑08 Feb 2012, 11:40
it was actually my idea but the implementation was hers.
apparently it's a sticky subject with a lot of the students, having internalized some version of the death of the author but unable to explain the whys or hows.
Responding to an old post in another thread entirely, but I was trawling through the thread for something and this reminded me of my recent realization that many people really think the music video presents the "real" meaning of a song. Even going back to the 80s, apparently—I remember all the people complaining that Britney Spears' cover of "Material Girl" almost a decade back missed the "irony" of the original song, irony that only
existed in the context of the 1984 music video.
I have to assume these people don't pay much attention to lyrics and/or have never encountered more than one official video made for a song. (Much less any fanvids and the like. Or ever heard how little the process of making a lot of music videos involves the artist, sometimes.)
I mean, did they really think Bryan Adam's "Run to You"
was about a man's illicit relationship with his guitar? (Watch the opening of the video—that's clearly the message!)
Or in more recent videos that came to mind:
Night Runner's "Magnum Bullets"
is a noir meditation on self-damnation by pursuing wealth as a hardened criminal. The video is some stylized neo-noir animated cyberpunk involving emotional pain and reasonably righteous vengeance. Furry content, but deal, it's cool.
Sturgill Simpson's "Sing Along"
is a jaunty song about begging someone to stay in an unworkable relationship. The video starts
at "samurai in a muscle car in a futuristic wasteland" and gets even weirder toward the end. "A Good Look"
off the same album is some snark about musicians worrying about image vs. actually making fun songs. The video for it continues the bizarre battle from the last video, ramping up to truly goofy absurdity...then abandons it for a dance party and some poking at the very idea that there's much of a story there in the first place.