November 29th, 2007

Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

love is a four-letter word

Certain branches of law are nastier, evil semes than the rest. ONE IN PARTICULAR isn't just formidably huge, but also exhausts you from just taking it all in keeping up with it, and worst of all... the experience really isn't that great. And the worst part is? It is absolutely essential to becoming a practising lawyer.

But the one good thing about it is that EVERYTHING ELSE seems good and bright and wonderful in comparison, and because of it I rediscovered Melee's Built to Last. It was playing on the radio in my brother's room, and my legislation-saturated mind picked up on first few lovely notes of the opening, and LOVE AT FIRST SOUNDBITE, YEAH? It got me thinking about my favourite music videos about love, and so!

Chosen according to style, unique concept, and of course, sheer MELTS WITH HAPPINESS factor.

(1) Dashboard Confessional, Stolen (MTV)

Before the gold and the glimmer have been replaced
Another sun soaked season fades away
You have stolen my heart

This is one of my absolute favourite songs about love is Dashboard Confessional+'s Stolen - to me, that's a song that captures the feeling of first falling in love. And the video, at moments, reminds me of a modern-day version of Edward Norton's The Illusionist (card games! love! magic! childhood romance!), and I love it because I think love's a kind of magic. (also, the shot at 2.28minutes is an absolutely arresting shot of the lead actress. to me, at least).

Stolen is also my Thief King!Bakura song (even though that is neither here nor THERE) for ANOTHER YGO fanmix of DOOM that will be made someday: Pharaoh Atem/Thief King Bakura/High Priest Seto. THE THIRD THREESOME MIX, set in ANCIENT EGYPT. XD

(2)Melee, Built to Last (MTV)
I've looked for love in stranger places,
but never found someone like you.
Someone whose smile makes me feel I've been holding back,
and now there's nothing I can't do.

'Cause this is real, and this is good.
It warms the inside just like it should,
but most of all it's built to last.

'Cause you are the sun in my universe,
considered the best when we've felt the worst
and most of all it's built to last

While a fair bit of the video is the conventional (though very sweet) twentysomething heterosexual couple that's the staple visual fodder for every and any pop song about love, I love the little touches in the video! Check out the gay cowboys 2.10 minutes into the video! When I saw it, I was BROKEBACK SHOUTOUT! ♥

(3) Ronan Keating, When You Say Nothing At All (MTV)

While I am not so hot about the song, the video (even if it is shameless Notting Hill advertisement, is FABULOUS. It's full of text/subtext, the whole dichotomy between appearance/what someone's really thinking. I love the whole concept of the video so much - it would be #1, except for the fact that I REALLY am NOT so into this song. My favourite scene in it is heartwrenching (to me, for I am a sap), and it is the two women walking side-by-side, and one thinks, "I love my Darren" and the other woman thinks, "I love her Darren." omg < / 3 , but so good.

If there are any love songs/videos you think particularly interesting, do feel free to share them! ♥

And since this is a post about portrayals of ♥ in the media, have quotes from Love Actually (oh my God, I know I'm a sap for loving this movie so much). My favourite quote is this one (because I imagine there aren't many people who haven't been there at some point and totally understood that feeling):

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