For the most part. I don’t like colorized movies. If something was filmed in black and white, I want to see it in black and white. I’ve seened old movies colorized before and they stink.But when I say I’m a purist, I’m usually refering to music, which I believe was made for the ears, not the eyes. The ears, and the imagination. Music speaks to all of us, but it has something completely different to say to each person who hears it. You and I might both love the same song, but the mental picture we get when listening to it – the feelings it evokes – the things that music says to us are going to be as different as night and day.
That’s just how it works.
And that’s why I don’t like music videos. It’s fine that the artist, or as in most cases, the video producer, want to show us what that song said to THEM – but it’s not what that song says to me. So seeing a music video often frustrates me and can, in extreme cases, ruin a song. If the image in my head is vastly different than the video, every time I hear that song I’ll be frustrated. It won’t hold the same allure, because my vision and the music video are so completely different.
And you’ve all see it – videos that basically had nothing to do with the song, but damn, they sure looked fine! The artist wanted to fulfill an acting fantasy, or the director had “vision”. I remember when Queen finally got talked into making videos, they were saddled with a director who didn’t even know their music, and the subsequent videos were horrid. (Yes, this was back in the olden days, kiddies).
I love music, like most of us do. And I had a friend who loved music videos, and never understood my distaste for them. But really this isn’t about pro or con music videos – purist or forward-thinking. Newfangled or old fashioned.
No, this is just about a cool song, that’s happily and currently stuck in my head, but I couldn’t share it with you without linking to one of those dreaded music videos – so if you’re like me, and don’t really care for visuals that have little or nothing to do with the lyrics or the message – check this out with the volume up, and your eyes closed:
If you like quirky videos and cute little homages to slasher flicks, go ahead and watch while you listen. And if you just plain don’t like Puddle of Mudd, well phoey with you 😀