I discovered most of my favorite country artists through music videos. Throughout the nineties, CMT played videos around the clock, giving equal weight to mainstream, veteran and Americana artists.
Music videos feel like a quietly dying art form these days, if only because there seems to be fewer outlets for them to garner the exposure that makes their expense worthwhile.
It’s a shame because the very best videos can illuminate the accompanying song, adding layers of depth to the original material.
There is one particular video that does this so well that I have trouble watching it all the way through. Some of you know that I am a teacher. Kenny Chesney’s clip for “Who You’d Be Today”, a song that laments the death of someone young, opens with a basketball game between two teenagers, one of whom will grow into a soldier who perishes overseas.
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