goodbyes: removing the blindfolds
  • FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

  • Posted by: Siobhan Fludder

"Goodbyes" features the thoughts of our departing editorial interns. Siobhan wants to dig deeper into letting music say the things we can't always put into words.

A lot of people are understandably frustrated with the music industry these days, and I find that my way of dealing with things that might seem insincere or overly produced is to take it with a light hearted sense of humor. Sometimes, however, I get so frustrated with those who are critical of others, that I myself become caught up in defending the Justin Biebers of the world who, personally, I really don't think are all that bad. However, in this quest for universal happiness where no one is mad at anyone else, I tend to lose sight of what originally connected me to music so strongly in the first place. It's not deciding which Jonas Brother is the cutest (Joe), it's not the quest of discovering which planet Lady Gaga came from, but rather music's power lies within the inexplicable connection that it offers to listeners. Music transcends the conversational basics throughout which we all operate day after day, and accesses our deeper levels of emotional identity; the things that are rarely said and scarcely shared. As a parting reminder of the purpose and ultimate drive behind music, I leave Baeble readers with the music video for "Don't Let Me Go" by The Click Five.

Not only does the actual song itself tap into emotional depths (at least with my girly heart), due to the heartbreaking lyrics and delicate acoustic melody, but the music video itself directly represents the undercurrent of music's power that I am trying to emphasize.

This video in particular is focused on the issue of human trafficking. It represents the world's perception of the issue by contrasting average citizens going about daily life with blindfolds on, followed by the removal of this barrier in order to embrace awareness and step into the deeper level of humanity. Similarly, music itself removes the blindfolds of our everyday life and allows us to face the buried presence that constantly lives beneath the surface of ourselves.

Clearly, music is able to express things that words can't always seem to say, so watch The Click Five's powerful video for "Don't Let Me Go" to truly experience the removal of life's blindfolds; an act that, for some of us, only music can do.



[Ed. Note: Thanks Siobhan! You made us all Beliebers.]

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