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Here is a music video that I made for my class to Alicia Keys’ song “Prelude to a Kiss” from her album “As I Am.” It was taken on a Nikon D90 DSLR – my first time ever using it (hope you can’t tell too bad! lol) This was also the first video project that I completed for my TV Production class I’m taking this semester.

Hope you all like it! Feel free to leave thoughts, comments, constructive critiques!

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I absolutely love Florence + the Machines.

It’s been a while now since I’ve discovered this amazing artist, but I was listening to her music in iTunes tonight and felt like I just had to share it with you.

I happened to hear her song “Cosmic Love” in an episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” last season, and ever since then I’ve been a huge fan. The only problem is that not a whole lot of people know about her. (Which is CRAZY because she’s so talented!!) Everyone I ask always responds with a “Florence and the whats??”

You may be familiar with her song “The Dog Days are Over” (from the trailer for “Eat, Pray, Love”), but that’s not all that she has to offer! I encourage you to listen to more of her music. You will not be disappointed!

Here’s the video for “Cosmic Love.”

The reason I like it so much is because it’s shot so beautifully. It’s very stylized, but in a good way. Not only is the lighting and color stunning (or maybe I just like lots of shiny lights), but it’s got this overall whimsical and innocent feeling to it that I love. She also looks flawless!

Florence + the Machine has recently gained popularity in America. She performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, sang a tribute to Aretha Franklin with other famous female artists at the Grammy Awards and was also nominated for “Best New Artist.”

Obviously this talented Brit is on the rise and I can’t wait to hear more from her in the future!

If you liked “Cosmic Love” you should check out her album “Lungs.”

My personal favorites from it are “Drumming Song,” “Howl,” and “Rabbit Heart.

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While doing work this past weekend and pondering what  stop motion video I would blog about, fate (and iTunes shuffle) played the amazing video for “Her Morning Elegance” by  Oren Lavie. (Which I happened to snag FREE off iTunes!)

I love this video because it narrates the girl’s life and struggles from a mattress. With clever use of sheets, pillows, socks, and other household items, the viewer gets the feeling of being in her dreams (hence the mattress).

Actress walking down the “stairs”

Actress looking longingly out her window

Actress “swimming” in the ocean

Actress “dancing” with singer Oren Lavie

Stop motion is so cool to me because you can create “imaginary” motion – like riding a bike, dancing, and walking down the stairs – simply by taking thousands of pictures and “animating” them. (If your interested in seeing the behind-the-scenes stuff, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKptYcQuKxc)

The amount of time, dedication, and planning that it takes to create a stop motion video is astounding and really makes you smile knowing that all artists aren’t using the same formula for their videos, but really are thinking creatively. (As they should.)

Oren Lavie album cover

 

Here’s a link to an eerie yet cool stop motion video by the same co-directors:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVAZh8UGbxo#t=3m

and another stop motion-time lapse mash-up by band Guster:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k-VAlIPzKg

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Ok. So here’s the deal: As much as it pains me to say, I think I’ve become a “Belieber.”

I know. I know. How could I possibly even utter those words, right? I have always prided myself on being a lover of music that is made with real instruments, not that synthesized stuff that you usually hear today. But before you mark me down as another one in the utterly-obsessive-fan category, just hear me out.

I saw Justin Bieber’s new movie, “Never Say Never” on Wednesday night and I must say, it blew me away! This kid actually has true talent! No kidding. Not only can he sing (yes, fine, his pipes aren’t the strongest yet – but he’s still got time to grow into them), but he can play the drums and play the piano – which I did not know. A pretty well-rounded artist if you ask me. How many main-stream artists do you know can play more than one instrument? Bet Ke$ha can’t do all that.

I was prepared to go to the movie and absolutely HATE it. But the longer I sat in the theatre – which was absent of anyone except me and my (brave guy) friends – the harder it was for me to find anything to hate about it, and him. You can rant all you want that his high voice drives you up a wall. But think about it, he was discovered at age 12. Everyone’s voice is high at that age. Give it time to age a bit. And let’s not forget about Michael Jackson – he began his singing career far younger than J. Biebs, but he made the transition gracefully. At least, I think he did. You can hate and say that he’s just a pretty face (Which he is. Let’s be honest.), BUT he has the talent to back that up.

But if you’re still not convinced, that’s ok.

I still whole-heartedly encourage everyone to go see “Never Say Never.” Put your dislike for the kid aside for that 1 hour and 45 minutes and just enjoy the technical aspect of the movie. It’s probably one of the best 3-D movies I’ve seen. It does some pretty crafty things. My favorite use of the 3-D was when get well-tweets cascaded down and across the screen right in front of your eyes. I also throughly enjoyed the live music. By the credits, I was singing out loud!

Take it from me, this is a movie you absolutely want to see. Justin Bieber has my respect as an artist and maybe after seeing it for yourself, he will have yours, too. I give it an A. (And no. I am not crazy.)

Call me what you want, but I am a Belieber. And I’m not afraid to say it!

One of my favorite songs: Runaway Love

Wanna buy it? (Admit it. It’s got groove and swag.) Go to iTunes.

And for you die-hard fans, here’s a link to one of his thousands of fan pages: http://www.justinbieberzone.com/

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