New Thing #238: Music Videos

I remember the good old days, when MTV and VH1 actually played music videos. Well, that's what you're supposed to say, anyway, when you're about my age and you talk about music videos.

Truth be told, I didn't watch very much of those channels back then anyway.

The only videos I cared about were Billy Joel's, and I had most of those on VHS tape.

Nowadays, MTV and VH1 might not play a bunch of videos anymore, but their affiliated channels certainly do (MTV U, VH1 of many different varieties)..and then there's the other music stations.

But I don't usually watch those channels - because you can find any music video you want at any time on the internet.

I know I'm not breaking huge news here. I'm sure many of you have been watching music videos on the internet for years.

But I haven't. Other than the videos my brother posts every now and again with his music or that of his friends, I just don't watch many music videos.

And as a result, in doing my Music Monday posts each week, I've probably watched more music videos in these past eight months than I have in the past eight years.

And I've enjoyed them. From the flash mob bit (and the story behind it) in Sara Bareilles' Brave to that thing Anna Kendrick does with her hands in Cups to the weird video for Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men, I've liked seeing what people are doing in their music videos now.

I've liked, too, when I'm on YouTube and I come across an old video and I watch that and it leads me to another music video that I've never seen before. Because there are a lot of those - both then and now - that I've missed.

But as far as videos from this year go, it's a callback to another Music Monday from very early in the year that takes the cake.

I still like Mumford and Sons - I still listen to their albums quite often. That said, I've never seen them play live enough to get an idea of just how much of a parody their video for Hopeless Wanderer is. But I think it's a riot that they've allowed this parody of themselves, and I still get a huge kick out of the video.

And I'm not sure that if it came out in any other year that I would have watched it. So for that, I'm glad. Here's what I'm talking about: