The dude in Taylor Swift’s “Lover” music video

Everyone in the world knows Taylor Swift‘s new album “Lover” is out. And along with it, a new video for the title track, “Lover.”


The views are rising at a rate of 4.8 million views a day. That’s 200k per hour. That’s over 3,000 views every minute. Craziness.

But after watching the video, you might be wondering, who’s this guy playing the part of Taylor’s lover?

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His name is Christian Owens. And no, it’s not this Christian Owens. There’s a good article here about his history with Taylor and other acts like Beyonce and Normani.

In the video, Taylor and Christian are playing board games, one which is a teaser for another song of hers called “Cruel Summer.” Some of the lyrics are here on this board game, and on a mural painted in NYC before the album was released.


Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

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More about Melii’s “Slow For Me” music video

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m betting you’re interested in what’s going on with Melii, a singer/rapper/entertainer who’s becoming more popular in music world. You might want to know more about her music video for “Slow For Me.” Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s what I’ve uncovered. Feel free to chime in below if you have info to share!


The details…

The song was co-written by Melii (who’s real name is Audrey Grinell Ducasse), Michel Sotolongo, and a dude named Devvon Terrell.

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Another fun connection between Devvon Terrell and Melii is his video for “Temperature” back in 2017. Melii stars as the love interest. Check it out here.

The song and video feature Daystar Peterson, a Canadian singer/rapper more well-known as Tory Lanez. As far as relationships go, I can’t find anything that says the pair are romantically linked in any other way besides being on the same record label, Interscope Records. How romantic [insert heart eyes emoji]

The video for “Slow For Me” was shot in Cafe La Trova, a nightclub/restaurant in Miami, Florida. Here are side by side pics from the video and the restaurant website.

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image from nightclub website


Other fun stuff…

The video was directed by Edgar Esteves and has over 1.1 million views as of today, August 9. That means since it’s debut on July 31, it gets close to 130,000 views per day. That’s awesome!

Melli is from Harlem, New York, stands at 5’5″ and has a net worth of $300k.

Here’s a behind the scenes clip from Melli’s Facebook page that shows a short glimpse into the fun they had while shooting this video.


Social info…

Director Edgar Esteves’s reel and on Twitter @edgarestevess

Melii on Instagram @melii and on Twitter @Melii

Tory Lanez on Instagram @torylanez and Twitter @torylanez

Devvon Terrell on Instagram @devvonterrell and Twitter @DevvonTerrell

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Is Lauren Daigle dead? No– it’s just her new music video

My sister sent me a link to Lauren Daigle’s new music video for “Rescue” and I’m so glad she did. Thanks, Edin. I’ve loved the song for a long while now, ever since I created my own little lyric video for the track.

In Lauren’s official video, which is pretty much as good as mine 😉 she is performing her song in Heaven. As I watched, I thought, “Oh Lord, Lauren’s done gone up to glory to shoot this video. Look at the backdrops, all that’s missing are streets of gold. Didn’t get the permit, I guess.”

“Dear Lord, take care of our sister Lauren, she came up there to do a thing with her song and a video and the crew and the crafts service and send her back when you can. Amen.”

Wait, wait… Lauren’s supposed to be in a city near my this coming fall? But… but… how can she be down here if she’s up there? Huh, that WASN’T Heaven? Well, then where on God’s green earth are these stunning, and I mean, STUNNING, locations?

I’ve been to a handful of amazing places in my lifetime (like here and here… and that yummy Indian Restaurant on Nolensville Pike) and I’ve seen beautiful things, but as I watched this video, this is the first time I can ever remember actually becoming short of breath from what I was seeing. This is NOT the first time I’ve been short of breath this year, though, thanks again to the meal AND leftovers from that delicious Indian Restaurant on Nolensville Pike. Cascading snow-covered mountains, streams through snow landscapes, rocky almost lava-like ground that goes on for days. Words truly can’t do the video justice, so why am I even trying? 

But if you’re like me, you have questions. Mainly, where is this place in the video? 

Here’s what I dug up.

According to an article on People’s website, the video was filmed on Knik Glacier in Alaska. And I thought Tennessee was God’s country! Dang you, Alaska, you beautiful rascal.

The video was directed by John Gray, who you might recognize from other stuff he’s done. Right? I’m sure he’s done other stuff.

Ok, back to Alaska… this Knik Glacier is one we can enjoy too, it’s not just for the famous people. A group called Knik Glacier Tours will… well, they’ll take you and your son on a tour of the glacier. Not just your son, anyone you bring, really. And yes, I provided a link to their tour page but I’m not getting any kind of commission unless they happen to see this post and feel like Venmo’ing me some funds 🙂 @BenWilder615

PS. that Venmo thing goes for you too, delightful Indian Restaurant on Nolensville Pike. 🙂

You can also see lots of wildlife there at the glacier. Bears, wolverines, sheep, goats. But the goats can’t be as adorable as these.

Later folks,
Out of the Wilderness

 

 

14 more songs for being fired or laid off

I recently published a Spotify playlist of 17 songs for being fired or laid off. And then another list of 12 songs for being laid off or fired. Well, it turns out there are a lot than that so here are 14 more to enjoy!

Hint: It’s mostly about the song titles 🙂

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

Don’t Talk to Me About Work – Lou Reed

If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard

Pink Slip – Rob Genadek

The Crossroads – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Roll with the Changes – REO Speedwagon

Drink In My Hand – Eric Church

Quit Your Job – Thundamentals

I Want To Break Free – Queen

Work from Home – Fifth Harmony

Life Ain’t Fair and the World Is Mean – Sturgill Simpson

Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man – Travis Tritt

Uprising – Muse

Red, White &. Pink Slip Blues – Hank Williams, Jr.

12 songs for being laid off or fired

There is no playlist that could include all the songs (or song titles, at least) that relate to being fired, laid off, or just flat out quitting your job. But I did put together this one, which is 17 songs. And now this very list you’re about to read. Here are 12 more songs about being laid off or fired. Enjoy!

Hint: it’s mostly about the song titles. 🙂

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

Freedom! ’90 – George Michael

If I Could Make a Living – Clay Walker

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters

How Bizarre – OMC

WE’RE GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Switchfoot

Lean On Me – Club Nouveau

Good Morning – Max Frost

Float On – Modest Mouse

You Don’t Own Me – Grace, G-Eazy

17 songs for being laid off or fired

It’s been almost 4 years since I was abruptly laid off from a full-time job in Nashville, Tennessee and after another round of extremely unceremonious layoffs at this same company (lots of these folks I’m still friends with, so I hear about the drama weekly), I decided to do something completely unoriginal. There are plenty of these lists out there, but here’s my Spotify “Just Been Fired or Laid Off” playlist.

Hint: it’s basically all about the song titles. Enjoy!

End Of The Line – Traveling Wilburys

I’m Gonna Miss You – Milli Vanilli

Nobody’s Gonna Rain On Our Parade – Kathy Mattea

Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck

Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) – Travis Tritt

Celebrate – Ingrid Michaelson

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty

Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift

Delicate – Taylor Swift

Bad Blood – Taylor Swift

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Bye Bye Bye – *NSync

I Want You Back – *NSync

Always Remember Us This Way – Laday Gaga

No Tengo Dinero – Los Umbrellos

Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus

Making lyric videos

In the past few years, I’ve really taken a liking to putting together lyric videos using music by popular artists. One of the first was for NeedtoBreathe’s “Multiplied” which I’ll post at the bottom. But I’m so happy with how my latest project went. Equipment used: GoPro Hero3, Roxant handheld stabilizer, DJI Mavic Air, edited on Final Cut Pro X.

Here’s my take on Lauren Daigle’s “Rescue”…


and NeedtoBreathe, “Multiplied”…