Monday, December 23, 2013

Shanies: Video of the Year

Since I'm always a fan of cheating, this year's award for video of the year is going to be a bit of an odd one. Usually, this award is given to the artist or group that had the best, coolest, funniest, weirdest, whateverist video of the year and this year, there was a "music video" of sorts that unquestionably stood out above the rest... even if it was over 100 minutes long.

I am, of course, referring to Dave Grohl's analogue epic, Sound City. I watched this amazing documentary on opening night at TIFF with some of my closest friends. While the film starts as a documentary about one of the most prolific studios in recording history, it begins to evolve into a piece that tells a much greater story; one of the true nature and value of music. The film reminds us of the importance of keeping our musical selves pure, not just in an analogue vs digital sense, but in keeping music real - full of soul, love, mistakes and pain. That at the end of the day, music should be the sound that's made when you throw a handful of people in a room together and hit record. Whenever I need to feel better about myself, music or hell, life in general, I toss this movie on and just let it remind me of what is important.

And if you're one of those people who's going to bitch at me for not picking a real music video, bite your tongue... this clip from the film of Homme, Grohl and Reznor jamming would have won anyway.

-I could see the look on your face, when the words were uttered