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.
I 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