I just got put on to the ridiculously amazing cover of this song in the new trailer for The Great Gatsby. ”Love is Blindness” was originally performed by U2 off their classic “Achtung Baby” album, and was covered by Jack White (of White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather, and general awesomeness fame) for a charity album that came out last year to benefit Concern Worldwide. The album had some amazing artists cover each of the songs from “Achtung Baby”.
Anyway, who does it better? I think my vote is for Mr. White…
Jack White version:
The Great Gatsby trailer:
Make no mistake about it, Garth Brooks is one of the best musicians in music history in any genre.
If you dont believe me, chew on this: Garth Brooks has sold 128 million records worldwide in his career, which is 3rd in all time music history only behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. That is just insane and makes me wonder why I haven’t gone and seen him play in Vegas yet!
His success is not only remarkable in the overall music picture, but for country music he really put that genre on the map globally. Yes, country music was big in the US for decades, but it was Garth that crossed over and brought his country music to other countries and other music outlets (rock, pop, contemporary).
Whats respectable about Garth is that with this success, he also worked to elevate issues in his song lyrics and videos. The two examples Im sharing today are “Standing Outside the Fire” and “Thunder Rolls”.
With “Standing Outside the Fire” he visually displays the common stereotypes that people with disabilities face and then shows a story of courage and redemption as the protagonist overcomes these obstacles. In doing so he also somewhat comedically highlights classic early 90′s video making including over the top pyrotechnics, bad outfits and exaggerated visuals (ie. the boy who trips on the track then gets up with so much blood on his face it seems like he must have gotten shot).
“Thunder Rolls” on the other hand is less uplifting and also Garth’s most controversial video, and one of the most controversial in music video history. In this story he depicts a cheating husband and a vengeful wife who ultimately invokes her own penalty for his indiscretions. While the video was initially applauded for highlighting the issue of domestic violence, it was ultimately pulled from CMT (Country Music Television) and TNN (The Nashville Network) within 24 hours of its premiere because they thought the violence shown was unnecessary and they didnt feel their networks should be a platform for pushing social awareness agendas. Thankfully times have changed.
Check out these video and share your thoughts. Unfortunately due to what I assume is copyright restrictions none of Garths videos are on YouTube or legitimate websites, so you will have to click on the links below to see the videos because I couldnt embed them. Sorry!
Standing Outside the Fire
Musicians have lent their musical platform for centuries to the advancement of causes close to the hearts of them and their communities. In many instances the use of such platform has helped to elevate a particular issue and cause a groundswell at times that can be the cause of political or societal change. Today Im going to kick off a recurring blog called “Musicactivism” which highlights the work artists are doing on various causes.
Ill start with something that has been buzzing around the internet which is the “Kony 2012″ movement. This movement was started by the good folks at Invisible Children. The idea behind the movement is we need to bring awareness to the atrocities being committed in Uganda by Joseph Kony, especially against children who were/are being kidnapped and forced to live a life of military servitude. There is a short documentary going around right now to inspire people into action. You can check it out below. If you want to get more involved in the movement after watching the video you can do so by going to www.Kony2012.com. If you want to hear a dissenting opinion on the effort, check out this blog post.
A band that has been involved with Invisible Children and this issue for a while is Fall Out Boy. Aside from their speaking up on this issue at concerts and events, they also committed the video of one of their songs to the plight of these invisible children. Check it out below, and let me know what does or doesnt inspire you to take action.
And here is the Kony 2012 film: