Philosophy of the Arts


Music Videos

A good music video is one where the imagery prompts suitably to aspects of the music, and where the music prompts suitably to aspects of the imagery. As a genre, or art form, the music video’s critical value is in this reciprocal prompting. The music does not have to be the best, the imagery doesn’t either, but the prompting should.

For me, some good examples of this are:

  • Blue Boy – Remember Me
  • George Michael – Freedom
  • a clip one could take from Gimme Shelter, where the members of the Rolling Stones are listening to their own performance of “Wild Horses”, a song they wrote for Gram Parsons.

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