Maroon 5 “Memories” music video great, except for one strike against it

I heard this song on SiriusXM for the first time a few days ago and wow, it’s one of those songs you almost need to pull off the road and just listen. It’s that good. Perhaps it hits harder if you can relate, and perhaps it’s unfortunate if you can relate… because loss and the void loss sometimes creates really stinks! Let’s avoid all that sadness and talk about the video…


You know, I’ve always thought to myself something like this, “If you have a good song and a good voice, you don’t need anything else.” I’m thinking of concerts that have pyro, flashing lights, huge set pieces, etc… all to entertain the audience. That’s all well and good, but there’s something to be said when someone like Jack White takes the stage and it’s just him, a mic and a few guitars, and that’s enough. Know what I mean? It goes for music videos, too. A music video can make or break a song. There have been plenty of songs that I didn’t like as much after seeing the music video. On the flip side, there’s a video like Kenny Chesney “Anything But Mine,” that makes the song a thousand times better…


So this video from Maroon 5 fits in with that idea perfectly. Any kind of flashy or heavily edited video would only distract from the beauty of the song. So it’s just Adam Levine singing to the camera, very close up, with an extremely slow camera pull out to reveal a little more of Adam, shoulders and up.

I honestly believe anything else they put together, short of home video clips, would have just taken away from the song’s power.

Screen Shot 2019-11-06 at 9.06.30 AMI do have one complaint and this can be fixed in a few seconds. On the Maroon 5 YouTube presentation of this video, it ends with “For Jordi” but here’s the problem… that tribute is covered by YouTube video suggestions. A powerful ending for this video is missed, or maybe a better word is destroyed, by distraction.

Evenso, this video is great and I have a sneaky suspicion this song is going to end up in my top 10 all-time favorites.

-Out of the Wilderness

The woman in Kip Moore’s “Blonde” video

Kip Moore’s latest video features a female lead who starts off like your every day girl-next-door; red plaid shirt, ripped jeans and all. But big-time success soon turns her into a different person; less clothing, new hair, and of course, forgetting where she came from. Take a look…


Now, you might be thinking the woman in this video looks familiar, like you’ve seen her somewhere (besides your dreams) before. Well, can I get a drumroll please? She’s professional model and actress Cassi Colvin.

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-IMDB photo

Hey, that’s a red plaid shirt! Looks like the Texas native is staying true to her roots. She’s not new to country music, you may have seen her on Kenny Chesney’s tour back in 2011. That’s right, she accompanied Kenny on his Goin’ Coastal Tour, although not exactly in person per se. She was featured in the background video for “Somewhere With You” and this clip was evidently recorded by her father, pretty cool!


She’s also had experience in music videos before this one with Kip. Take a look at her performance in the Jake Owen video “Tell Me,” as well as a seductive performance in the Sterling Angel video “Survive.”


She has experience on television as well. Cassi appeared on the CBS show Big Brother 13 and also another CBS show The Bold and the Beautiful. On the latter, she played a model named Cassi. I bet she nailed it. 😉

Though landing multiple acting gigs, she’s said in the past she doesn’t want to do any acting, so I guess you’ll have a better chance seeing her on a runway or in magazines. Just look for a woman that’s 5 ft 8 in tall, wears a size 8.5 shoe, and has blue eyes. That, according to her bio on Kim Dawson Models website.

Oh, also, she’s a brunette so don’t go around looking for a blonde! 🙂

You can follow her on Twitter here and Instagram here.

-Out of the Wilderness

Top 5 Kenny Chesney Music Videos

Kenny Chesney’s come a long way since this:
kennychesneyAlthough one could argue that mullets (no, that’s not a shadow you see, it’s a mullet) were once considered cool. Just like rat tails and fanny packs, one of which I still wear today. I’ll let you guess.

rat tail haircut

rat tail haircut.

Hint: it rhymes with shmanny shmack, but I digress. This is not about me or the convenience of having a 5th pocket! It’s about the best Kenny Chesney music videos in all the land. So before I reveal too much about how cool I was in junior high, or how rico suave I am now, here are Kenny’s Top 5 music videos.

Video 5: Come Over. For me the song might forever be ruined by the parody “Comb Over,” but just looking at the video itself, it’s amazing. Shot in Miami with a boat that I drool over, Kenny Chesney steers the vessel to a seaside residence and well, you can probably guess what happens in Miami late at night with a scantily clad woman. But all I can think about is that boat.

Video 4: The Boys of Fall. Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with football in all it’s forms (college, NFL, fantasy), but this video makes me want to throw the pigskin clear over those mountains right there. I love that he includes clips of Dan Marino (the Dolphins were my team when I was growing up) and Neon Deion Sanders (a favorite Seminole). From top to bottom, this is a good one. Just don’t go to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville too often, you’ll get sick of the song/video on repeat. all. day.

Video 3: I Go Back. If the first 45 seconds don’t suck you right in, then you’re a yankee! Down here in the south, it’s football, family, and faith… sometimes in that order. From the way the audio clips are weaved creating a sense of nostalgia to the crisp, engaging style of edit, this is a great video.

Video 2: Who You’d Be Today. This one hits the heart. Mostly because I’m a softy (yes, one of my favorite movies is The Notebook). This video reminds me how much I love my family and friends, and if it doesn’t do the same for you, then you’re a yankee!

Video 1: There’s no question this is the best video of all time. When martians are digging around the rubble of downtown Nashville in the year 2538, I hope they find a VHS copy of this video and feel really bad about destroying our earth! The video is like a “salt life” sticker for your eyes. Actually, salt life stickers are for your eyes, but let’s say those stickers are a book mark and this video is the novel… all about why we love falling in love, why we love the beach, and how those two sometimes go hand in hand.

Relationships As Found In Music

Relationships. All of us have been through up’s and down’s, I’m sure. Do you relate to any of these songs?

I”ve been here…

 

And I’ve also been here…

Of course, I’m often here…

 

Bitterness has brought me here…

 

And here…

 

I’ve also been here…

 

And here…

 

Most of the time, I end up here…

 

And here…

 

And I hope to, one day, be here…

 

Here…

 

And here…

 

Anyway, have a great weekend!

Pictures of Shania Twain Fall at the 2011 CMT Music Awards

Check out Carrie Underwood performing “How Great Thou Art” as compared to Elvis performing the same song.

Shania begins her fall at the 2011 CMT Music Awards.

Shania down on the ground at 2011 CMT Music Awards.

Shania gathers herself after falling at the 2011 CMT Music Awards and.......

.......people take pictures on their cell phones.

9:30 it’s over, I’m gonna eat dessert now! Thanks for reading Jeff, Esther, Tracey and Dave. My true friends.

9:29 Kid Rock says he loves being a part of country music. Tosses back to Jason Aldean who plays “My Kinda Party.” Is that the cue to start the after parties?

9:29 Ludacris: “History has been made.”

9:28 this is just an awkward combo. It was a good try though, I guess.

9:26 oh and Taylor Swift with T-Pain last year. Ludacris makes his way through the crowd rapping the second verse. Why am I reminded of “Friday, Friday it’s finally Friday” by Rebecca Black?

9:26 Jason isn’t the first to perform with a rapper. Recall Tim McGraw and Nelly. Anyway, Jason rapped the first verse.

9:24 Kid Rock introduces Jason Aldean and Ludacris… performing “Dirt Road Anthem.”

9:24 are those the numbers from ‘Lost’ on her arm?

9:23 and the buckle goes to… Taylor Swift…. who’s in Milwaukee???????

9:22 Kid Rock and his tall trucker hat replay the Video of the Year nominees.

9:20 fill in the blank at home… the performance will be [awesome/good/ok/not good/terrible/oh my goodness].

9:16 commercial break and another mention of Jason Aldean performing with Ludacris. Will that be a show stopper? My guess is they’re going to sing “Dirt Road Anthem” because the verses are more ‘rappy’ than a country song. Those parts, I can only assume, will go to Ludacris. Jason will sing the choruses.

9:15 Blake is on the set of “The Voice” in L.A. and gives his acceptance speech. He thanks so many people, and the fans.

9:14 and the buckle goes to… Blake Shelton. Good year for him. He’s not there either, surprise surprise.

9:12 after a major fall (see pictures above), Shania gathers herself and walks on stage. She’s introducing Male Video of the Year.

9:12 Kid Rock is bantering about the next artist up, and some girl throws her panties on stage. I assume it was a girl. He introduces Shania Twain.

9:11 Charles Kelley starts the process to a long and drawn out lawsuit by throwing his sticks into the crowd.

9:10 no time to think about that as Charles Kelley takes to the drums. They perform “Kiss” by Prince. you know… “you don’t have to be rich to be my girl…”

9:09 wait, isn’t this the same group that sang “Need You Now”? Wasn’t that about a late night booty call?

9:07 they introduce Lady Antebellum who will perform “Just A Kiss.” Listen to to the lyrics, finally a song about living with morals!

9:06 Sara Evans and Sheryl Crow are on the stage now.

9:01 at this point I rather see a commercial about cicadas than the Huggies denim diaper one, or the annoying Bing Facebook commercial. Once is enough, bro’s!

9:00 performance finishes. On the Nationwide stage, Lee Brice takes us to another commercial break.

8:58 I heard he wrote this whilst sitting under an oak tree in Centennial Park. I think the third verse mentions cicadas.

8:56 Little Big Town introduces Keith Urban who is performing “Long Hot Summer.” He must live in Nashville.

8:52 Fructis… it’s kinda like ‘frook-teece’. Actually, that’s exactly how to say it. They make shampoo and other stuff you’ll find in the hygiene section of Wal-Mart. Ok, next word to learn is ‘hygiene’… practice on your own, I think you can do it!

8:51 during this commercial break, I’ll teach you how to say Garnier Fructis. First, start with Garnier. Say ‘car’ but with a g and not a c. Next, ‘n’ and ‘yay!’ in one syllable.

8:50 is it weird if they don’t get a standing ovation after a song called “Stand Up”? I think I saw people standing as they clapped. Nevermind. Commercial break.

8:48 white flags are waved all over the arena.

8:46 Jennifer writes Love on a flag and hands it to 2 girls from Joplin, MO. The girls wave the flag as Sugarland perform “Stand Up.”

8:45 next up is Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina introduce Sugarland, again, should be a great performance.

8:45 actually I’m not a gigantic fan of their music, but I like them and I’m glad they won. They thank Roman White, the video director.

8:44 and the buckle goes to… Lady Antebellum. Awesome!

8:42 LBB goes on a rant about how to be a country star. She’s awesome. They announce the nominees for Group Video of the Year.

8:41 Ricky Schroder and Laura Bell Bundy take the stage next to which LBB says he’s a great kisser.

8:35 ZBB, probably my favorite band right now, doesn’t disappoint. Commercial break as The JaneDear Girls sing one of their songs, “Shotgun Girl.”

8:33 their set looks like a comic strip of an ocean, with the band appearing to play on top of the water.

8:32 he introduces Zac Brown Band, guaranteed to put on a good performance.

8:31 the show returns with Kid Rock saying “that’s right Detroit.” Okkkkk…..

8:30 between cicadas and camel crickets, I must say I’m not that hungry anymore.

8:29 I still haven’t eaten dessert.

8:25 Dale Earnhardt, Jr commercial for Nationwide. Grrrrrrrr. Jimmie Johnson is gonna win it all!

8:24 I love that song “Picture”. Wait, it was called “Collide”? Commercial break as Hunter Hayes plays and sings. I actually kinda like this performance.

8:23 they dance a little… the music stops… Kid Rocks tells the band to keep playing. They oblige and he and Sheryl keep dancing.

8:22 I might throw away my Lance Armstrong bracelet. What a dweeb for mistreating Sheryl.

8:19 Sugarland introduces the next performers, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow that perform “Picture (the 2011 version)”… oh it’s called “Collide.”

8:19 Miranda’s not there, she’s either out on tour or still honeymooning with Blake Shelton.

8:18 and the buckle goes to… Miranda Lambert for The House That Built Me.

8:17 they introduce the nominees for Female Video of the Year.

8:16 the show returns with Jason Aldean and Kristin Chenoweth. She comments that he’s a verrrry handsome man. Something else about his blue or green eyes, and her short height.

8:13 I found my dog. She’s got a weird cough going on right now. Cecadas? probably. I don’t know why she eats them… uncooked.

8:09 Kid Rock has a slight wardrobe change. He introduces Colt Ford who takes us into a commercial break.

8:09 they each speak. Nice work trio!

8:08 and the buckle goes to… The Band Perry. Let’s see if she lets her brothers speak.

8:06 performance finishes with Big & Rich saying “the boys are back in town!” Luke Bryan takes the stage to present the next award, it’s for Breakthrough Video of the Year.

8:05 something about fake id’s, money, oh and Gretchen Wilson makes an appearance. Be on the lookout for Lil John.

8:03 their first performance together on tv in 3 years sounds a lot like Roy Orbison.

8:02 everyone’s (including you Merilee) favorite woman, Mary Steenburgen who introduces Big & Rich.

7:59 Ok, I didn’t want to go here, but if I see another denim diaper commercial that says “I poo in blue” I’m gonna…. I’m gonna…. ok, fine. I’ll just keep watching.

7:57 commercial break. ok, I really gotta find my dog.

7:53 Rascal Flatts perform “I Won’t Let Go.” I swear this song reminds me of another but I can’t put a finger on it. In my head I’m seeing Olympics, Whitney Houston, slow motion people running… can’t… quite… place…. it… but I want to go outside and run.

7:52 Ron White and Justin Bieber take the stage, not to perform, but to introduce Rascal Flatts.

7:50 Kid Rock talks about CMT One Country and their contribution to the USO and soldiers all over.

7:47 the last 2 contestants on CMT’s Next Superstar take us into a commercial break. I need to go find my dog and get some dessert, not in that order.

7:46 ZBB accepts but no sign of Jimmy Buffett. He must be in Margaritaville. Afterall, it’s 5:00 somewhere.

7:45 and the buckle goes to… Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band.

7:43 Hines Ward challenges Clay Matthews to a dance off, who defers to the after party. They introduce the nominees for Performance of the Year.

7:42 football music!!! Ahhh the Fall is coming soon. Maybe no NFL, but at least there’s college football. Go Seminoles!

7:42 fire and explosions as the song finishes.

7:40 I like Luke Bryan. I like the girls dancing too. The color black is in tonight.

7:38 Luke Bryan turned his hat backwards = gametime. He performs “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”.

7:37 Melissa Peterman and Cheryl Hines talk about how great Nashville is. The cowboys that live here. Cheryl mentioned hand cuffs and lost Melissa, who is worried about her. They introduce Luke Bryan.

7:32 commercial break. Kia. Acuvue. Super 8 movie. Old Navy. Zegerid. Cotton. Huggies. PC computer. ChristianMingle.com. Taco Bell. Thank you for paying my salary, by the way.

7:31 confetti from the ceiling. The show isn’t over, though. Hmmm.

7:29 lyrically, not the best from The Band Perry, but hey, they’re doing well with their first full length performance at the CMT Awards. Kimberly takes to the piano, standing up Lady Gaga style.

7:27 The Band Perry start their song “You Lie” with a quick line from Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.” Nice!

7:27 Paramore (I thought they broke up?) introduce The Band Perry.

7:26 Justin with his backwards hat, speaks first. He is honored to be there. he thanks his Mom, his family, and Rascal Flatts. He lets them talk. They thank Justin, the record label, William Morris, etc. Oh and they said thanks to God. Joe Don said they have Bieber fever.

7:25 the winner is… Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts for “That Should Be Me.”

7:23 Martina McBride and lead singer of Train Patrick Monohan introduce the nominees for Collaborative Video of the Year.

7:22 the final nominees for video of the year are announced, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, Taylor Swift.

7:21 Kid Rock asks an audience member to take their shirt off. A sign he’s had his first drink? We’ll see.

7:16:30 me finding the mute button. If I see another Olive Garden telling me I’m their family, I’m gonna go there and order something. But I won’t be happy about it.

7:16 Thompson Square perform a shortened version of “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” Is it weird for them to perform after they just lost the previous award? Anyway, commercial break now.

7:14 Jennifer says this is the most fun awards show. They both thank the fans. Thanks to Declan Whitebloom, video director. Fans cheer and the duo walk off stage as Kid Rock introduces the Nationwide Insurance Stage.

7:13 Best Duo Video of the Year goes to: Sugarland. Good! All the nominees were good. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are cool people.

7:11 John Rich and Gary Busey and the winner of the Indy 500 are bantering back and forth now.

7:10 Gotta give credit to artists like Toby Keith (and Tim McGraw) who have a tons of fans and can perform without playing an instrument. Oh, and Ludacris was clapping in the audience.

7:09 if Toby has a girl bust up on stage pretending she’s a crazy fan then starts dancing, I’m shutting my tv off!

7:08 Toby Keith begins his performance of his brand new song: “Made In America.”

7:07 Wynona eyes Kid Rocks pants because they are redder than her hair.

7:06 Wynona and her ultra red hair belt out some lines, then Kid Rock interrupts her back, he’s wearing an outfit he probably found in the Country Music Hall of Fame. They finish the song as a duet.

7:05 Wynona Judd steps in and stops Kid Rock in his performance of “I’m A Cowboy”.

7:03 they stop and pick up Kid Rock. He enters the Bridgestone Arena where he’ll be hosting the CMT Awards.

7:02 guest appearances from Ron White, Donald Trump and some “good-looking” gas attendant, who calls them Cougars.

7:00 Taylor Swift opens the show by breaking up with someone on the phone. She calls on Shania Twain for help. Thelma & Louise sequence!

6:59 Katie Cook wrapped up her interview with Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. Evan Farmer joined her and introduced the show…