July 31, 2008
I'm absolutely loving the video for Lee Ann Womack's “Last Call”, which CMT recently premiered on its site. It follows the song's plot closely, but the surprise for me was how the director Trey Fanjoy shot New York so beautifully. I know very little about film technique, so I guess I'm limited to saying, “Hey, that looks really cool!”
But as a New Yorker myself, I love it when I can see my city through fresh eyes. It's easy to take the city's beauty for granted, having been born and raised here. I'm a little spoiled, as I can see the skyline from my front porch. It really wasn't until college, when my friends from other parts of the country came to visit, that I was able t
o see the city in a different light.
I love it when country videos are filmed here. Sure, it's fun when they play up the juxtaposition of country and city, like in the classic Ricky Skaggs clip “Country Boy”, but I like it even better when things are played naturally. It makes total sense to see Ryan Adams rocking out in Brooklyn with lower Manhattan in the background in “New York, New York.” Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash look right at home as old lovers running into each other in SoHo during their clip for “It's Such a Small World.” An upscale hotel and a stroll through brownstones seemed perfectly fitting for the Dixie Chicks in “You Were Mine.”
But there's something really special about the way they filmed NYC for the Womack video. I hope it gets the heavy rotation it deserves.