Liberal Arts Blog — Three Music Videos — Su Shi, the Beatles, Michael Jackson
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Today’s Topic: Three Music Videos — Su Shi, the Beatles, Michael Jackson
This morning I clicked on a Youtube link sent by a new Chinese friend. It was of a music video of a Song dynasty poem by Su Shi. It moved me to tears so I am sharing it with you in the hope that it will brighten your day. The clip inspired the question: what is the greatest music video of all time? So I googled the question and several sites came up with a definitive answer: “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “the only music video preserved in the Library of Congress film registry.” I have included it here as Part Two. The final third of today’s post are some notes on the “Here Comes the Sun” video released on the 50th anniversary of the Abbey Road album. Do you have a favorite music video by the Beatles, Michael Jackson, or anyone else? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
SU SHI (1037–1101) “Shui Diao Ge Tou” (Water Melody) — sharing the beauty of the moon together
1. “Why does the moon tend to be full when people are apart?”
2. “People experience sorrow, joy, separation and reunion,”
3. “The moon may be dim or bright, round or crescent shaped,”
NB: “This imperfection has been going on since the beginning of time. May we all be blessed with longevity,Though thousands of miles apart, we are still able to share the beauty of the moon together.”
MICHAEL JACKSON AND JOHN LANDIS, “THRILLER” (1983) — 13:43 minutes (I hate horror films but I watched the whole thing. Warned, you may want to try.)
1.) “This is the greatest music video of all-time and everything else is just trying to stay on the same page. “Thriller” set the stage for music videos to be an art form.” (first link)
2. “Director John Landis and Michael Jackson modeled the video off of An American Werewolf in London. Landis decided to accept the opportunity despite the fact that film directors didn’t direct music videos at the time.” (ditto)
3. “That would soon change thanks to this gem.” (ditto)
NB: Agree? Disagree? Please explain your decision. By the way: “it’s currently the only music video preserved in the Library of Congress National Film Registry.” (second link)
THE BEATLES — “Here Comes the Sun” from Abbey Road (1969) — their last album (recorded)
1. The video just below was released on the 50th anniversary of the Abbey Road album — their last recorded album. Their last released album was “Let It Be.”
2. The cover of that album is widely considered the “the Beatles’ most famous photograph.” If you can’t remember what it looks like, you are in for a treat by clicking on the third link.
3. The best song from Abbey Road (in my opinion) is “Here Comes the Sun.” And a few people seem to agree as it is “the most streamed song on Spotify globally.” That would be over 1.7 billion….
NB: Interestingly, “Here Comes the Sun” is not by Lennon or McCartney. It’s a George Harrison song. In fact, Lennon, the first Beatle, did not participate in the recording. He was recovering from a car accident. If John was the Walrus, was George the tortoise?
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