September 9, 2008
Music videos can be quite powerful. The very best intensify the song’s message or reveal new ways to interpret it.
Then there are those videos that absolutely ruin the song. They’re so bad that you can’t even listen to it on the radio because it’s been so sullied by its video clip.
The worst offender of this? Travis Tritt. “Tell Me I Was Dreaming.”
Tritt tried to recreate the magic of his “Anymore” clip, which found him in a veteran’s home, dodging the phone calls of his Annie. See, he’s convinced himself that she won’t love him now that he’s in a wheelchair. Anyway, his buddy Sam gets him to take the call, and the clip ends in an embrace, with Tritt saying, “I want to go home, Annie.” She cries. Fade to black. A little cheesy, but not too bad.
Oh, but the sequel is such a disaster. Let me walk you through it. Tritt’s character Mac and his friend Sam have opened up a boat repair company. Annie’s pregnant. Mac throws her a wet sponge from the dock as she’s trying to get out of the boat. She slips. Bangs her head. Falls into the water. Mac can’t help her because he’s in a wheelchair. Sam has a limp so he gets in the water too late. Annie dies. Baby lives. Doctor inexplicably tells Mac and Sam the good news first.
Meanwhile, Tritt wails in between the footage, looking like someone used a steel-tipped boot to make sure he never has children again.
Can you top it?