Music videos feel like a dying art form in country music, if only because so few videos are played on CMT and the life cycle of a single often stretches past six months. But there have been a few good ones this year. Three of my favorites:
Patty Loveless, “Crazy Arms”
There’s something haunting about the darkened room in which this forlorn ballad is being sung. Loveless is no stranger to lonely rooms doubling as video sets, with “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me” and “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” taking a similar approach. But it’s never been more effective, perhaps because it sets such a perfect tone for the song itself.
Brad Paisley featuring Andy Griffith, “Waitin’ on a Woman”
This won CMA Music Video of the year, and deservedly so. I was somewhat tepid on the song before seeing the video. I don’t remember ever listening past the second verse, actually. But the Andy Griffith appearance added a new charm to the song, and kept my attention long enough for me to hear the bridge, which clinched the song for me. Now it’s one of my favorite songs that Paisley’s ever done.
Lee Ann Womack, “Last Call”
It’s easy for me to take the beauty of New York City for granted because it’s just the place where I happen to live. But every once in a while, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to live here. Just the other night, driving home from my school’s Christmas show, I saw the first snow of the year falling on Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. That was one of those times I was reminded. This video was another. I love a song that’s country as it gets being acted on the grand stage of New York. We get our hearts broke up here, too, and there’s no shortage of bars for people to drown their sorrows in.
You can check my selections out on YouTube by clicking on the song title, or at CMT by clicking on the graphic on the right.
What do you think were the best music videos of 2008?