Sia’s Chandelier Music Video

Perhaps I’m a little late in viewing the music video for Sia’s Chandelier but after having watched it, I’m amazed at the artistry that went into it’s making, which is a rare sight in the music industry today. Pushing aside the sculpted models and crazy-hungover-parties that are a popular choice, the Chandelier music video is simple but complex on so many other levels.

It’s true…simple is complex. If you think about it, it’s very difficult to be simple since we always tend to overdo things and are not sure exactly when to stop. In today’s world, we assume that bigger and bolder is better and this music video demonstrates that that is not true at all. A simple set, a single dancer and an amazing song can speak volumes more than a video of great elaboration.

The set comprising of a stripped back home, complete with rooms and their bare essential furniture pieces complements the dark demonic nature of the dance in the video, symbolizing the despair brought on by alcoholism and drug use. This video struck me immediately and engaged my mind in a way no other video has. Dance truly is a powerful medium that I cannot perform but certainly can appreciate.

When you’re watching the video, you understand what the interpretive dance means to convey and it’s amazing how well it goes with the emotion in Sia’s voice as she sings.

I’ve always maintained that music is rhythmic poetry and the lyrics to this song certainly are…

Party girls don’t get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn?
I push it down, push it down

I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink

Throw ’em back ’til I lose count

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

In the end, the best way I can describe the Chandelier video is visual literature.


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