How great is this vid? For those of you more tuned into the pop culture zeitgeist, you’ve probably already seen it. It came on my radar this week because my girl Lena Dunham performed with her on Seth Meyers, because she doesn’t like to face the camera when she performs. This is something I haven’t read much about, but I like to think it’s a decision to keep the focus on the music instead of the objectification female pop musicians (such as the ones she writes hits for – Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyonce etc) usually endure and/or play into.
Of course, it could just be a gimmick, or she could genuinely be camera shy. I’m sure I will be swiftly informed of her said reasoning, but it’s more fun to be left to make up our own mind about why it is.
Anyhow, when I heard the song I was blown away. It is so incredibly catchy, dramatic and freeing. I instantly put it on repeat and danced my ass off in my living room to it for at least an hour (I’d just downed a Grande from Starbucks, I had a lot of energy to expend).
Then I watched the actual video. And wow. When you’re dancing around and not really paying attention to the lyrics, it can come off like a song about living every day like it’s your last, in that James Dean, ‘enjoy every day because it’s a gift’ way.
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
But when you watch this video, the immediacy of the tragedy in its freedom becomes very clear.
Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
While the song focuses on the destructive tendencies and emptiness of the party girl life (which the lyric video they also made captures fairly accurately), the official video showcases an incredibly talented kid from that show Dance Moms, doing a stunning routine in a basic, dilapidated room that screams out the private insanity of the person living out such a song’s words. The feeling of going crazy and “holding on for dear life” has never been portrayed so well before in a pop music video. It’s spectacular on every level.
This might be my favourite music video I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely in my top 10.