Have you seen Sam Smith’s new “Lay me down” music video? It is drawing a lot of attention by causing a new surge of interest and it gets people discussing a lot of things on all social media channels.
On his facebook page he wrote “Dear All, Here is the Link to the LAY ME DOWN music video. This song holds a very dear place in my heart. With this video myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in. This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country. I hope you enjoy it. I love you all x”
If you ask me, there’s always something odd about Sam Smith’s videos. If I didn’t read the video introduction before about what he was trying to say, I would have not understand it. In my mind he’s trying to bring a point across without being too obvious. I don’t know the reason, but one could be that he or his management still want him to be appealing to the mass market, or he doesn’t want to be labled in a certain category and still keep the focus on his music. But why then trying to make a statement in that direction?
In my opinion all his intentions of what he was trying to say with this music video sounded all good. But if I didn’t read about it first, I would have just thought that it’s a really strange video. I mean I still think that it’s a little strange, but at least I now know what he was trying to bring across.
As much as I enjoy his music, this is not his first video that I find to be a little weird. It’s so heavy and without the background information I would have thought they try to reenact a funeral situation.
You can do better Sam!
Lately there have been a couple of pop music videos that can be seen an anthem for equality. Just think about Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” video or Macklemore’s “Same Love”. In my opinion as different as these two videos are, they’re both a lot better than Sam Smith’s video that just misses to bring the point across. So if I were Sam Smith, I would fire my music video director and bring somebody on board who is able send a clear message!
What do you think of Sam Smith’s new music video? Do you recognize the message in this video? Let me know in the comments below!