There is something about music. It has the ability to touch your heart in the most direct manner. It has the power to bring back a memory so vivid that you can smell the grass and feel the breeze on the first day you played it on your boombox or heard it with a million other fans in concert. It also has the power to create a memory for the rest of your life. From that instance forward, every time the song is heard in the distance you seem to enter another world. Closing your eyes you are surrounded by the melody which allows you to transform into a specific moment that can bring upon tears, laughter, or both.
Music is beyond my comprehension. What makes it so influential and motivational? Something inside of me connects to a lyric, or a simple note, or a voice…and the amazing part about it is that every person connects in a different way. What is even more surreal is that it is always the song I least expect that becomes revered. Many times I have heard a new song outside of my usual genre and thought, “if I could play this song on repeat for the rest of my life I would be happy”. I guarantee every one of you have a song in mind that can conjure up that same feeling.
Combine musical nostalgia with a well thought-out video and it is unstoppable. Even with the capability for consumers to fast-forward with the DVR, companies still rely on video for commercials and movie trailers because they know how potent and commanding it can be. Including a ridiculously cute child or a heart-wrenching solider’s story is almost unfair - I become immediately immersed, unable to pull my eyes away.
The video below strikes my heart in multiple areas. It is produced flawlessly with a very creative and personal spin on the every day wedding video. The music is absolutely perfect and although it is around 15 minutes long I have watched it over 10 times, crying every time. It is so enthralling that I promise once you press play, you will wish it never had an end. The song Stars by Dead Hearts begins to play with the lyrics repeating, “they had lights inside their eyes”, and I can feel the tears start to build up. It makes me want to jump in the film and become a part of the celebration. This video was the last push I needed to enter a video production program. Hopefully one day my films will be this touching. A heartfelt thank you to one of my best friends for sending it to me (you know who you are). Let me know what song or video brings back your favorite moments.