How To Create An Impressive Music Video
1. Start with the carpe diem based proposal in the final couplet of Andrew Marvell’s not-quite-ruined-by-anthologization “To His Coy Mistress:”
Thus, though we make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.
2. Hire Joni Mitchell to translate that sentiment into lyrics and music. Insist that Janis Joplin1 act as consultant to prevent Joni from over-intellectualizing the premise into oblivion.
3. Convince Lucinda Williams to sing it.
4. Add photos of someone who looks both interesting and sexy, maybe Alicia Keys, taken from a pictorial perspective that evokes American Beauty.
Then, you’ve got yourself one dandy music video.
Alternatively, you could click on the start button of this video of Allison Crowe singing “Wedding Song,” with words and music by Allison Crowe, featuring photos of Allison Crowe.
Further, comparing “Wedding Song” to Allison’s other work – say, her version of “Bobby McGee” – leads to an unavoidable conclusion:
Once you’ve heard one Allison Crowe song,
You’ve heard one Allison Crowe song.
So count down the days
and draw the curtains back
pour the wine and say
that we’ll love as much as we both can do
until our dying day
Allison Crowe – Wedding Song
Note: Originally posted Jan 27, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- “Get It While You Can” may be the purest legitimate expression of carpe diem in pop music. [↩]