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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"What's Right is Right" and What's Right With it

Last night I wrote up a post about this video, included my complaints and observations that may have, for some readers, leaned to the negative side. Today I'll lean toward the opposite direction and go for what I actually like about it.

For one thing, I'm tickled pink there finally is a Taylor Hicks' music video. We fans have waited a long while for such a thing to come to be and now it has. (Rousing shouts of "Yippee" all around.)

For another, Taylor Hicks incorporated a young, artistic videographer, Jake Davis, to design and shoot this work. Mr. Davis has done an admirable job with handling wardrobe, location, lighting, tone. Having to shoot the video in Chicago he used elements that were available, the snow works very well to show Taylor as a man walking a rather lonely and somber path.

There had been a call for extras for this video and a young actress utilized as a love interest. Watching the video I really did not see the need for extras - from what I understand not many showed in the pre-blizzard bitter cold conditions. Jake instead then used the out of focus lighting technique as a way to fill space and also create mood. He captures Mr. Hicks with a film noir approach, a throw back feel to another time in the past. Utilizing what seems to be a film speed that incorporates a grainier texture along with a sepia type tone set the video into a step back in time feel. Outside color beyond the grays and amber tones have been kept to a minimum lending to the video's artistic cohesiveness.

Taylor Hicks is in very fine voice in the video. He sounds absolutely brilliant, this song grooves along much better for me after having seen him enact it live, well live as much as film can get. The song takes on a life with the amber toned lighting and angles, the light effects Mr. Hicks is cast within to communicate a sense of loneliness, giving Taylor a haunting appeal.

This tone is further set in how the scenes with Mr. Hicks are framed with Taylor's screen time predominantly evidenced with his profile emerging in outline, rare are the shots of his face without the light flares and side lighting. Even the scenes shot with the band on stage with Mr. Hicks, members remain engulfed in smokey shadows and the viewer left with that impression that even thought he's on stage with other performers he's inherently alone. I love the use of that large retro microphone, love the side lighting effects and all those 'bubble' light shots of the out of focus orbs following Taylor from the diner to the bar.

There's certain aspects I'd like to have seen done differently but overall there's more right about this video than there is wrong.
"What's Right is Right"


  1. Anonymous7:28 PM

    I liked it. Could have used a few more clear pics of Taylor but over all pretty good. One of the things I like most about it is how I see different things everytime I look at it. I think I was on the third viewing before I saw a couple kissing though the window of the diner.


  2. Yeah, I have watched it more times than I care admit, Dee. You do catch more the more you watch it. Overall an artistic endeavor, would have liked more story to go with the lyrics. Wonder if Jake was that familiar with the tune when he conceived this video?

  3. Anonymous10:51 PM

    Yeah, It didn't exactly fit my take on the song. But then again I've seen videos that seemed to have no connection to the words of the song at all. LOL. One post I read somewhere seemed to think that Taylor's character was the bar singer longing for the type of relationship he was singing about every night. That might be the hook right there.


  4. Anonymous8:06 AM

    I like this video more than I would like to admit, actually. I love the lighting, the angles used. I like how sometimes when they show Taylor, they show an arm or a thing (eep!), or even when the viewer has to look past someone to see him. Kudos to Jake Davis for making this video...it's making the song almost bearable for me.