A music video can tell a lot about an artist but most importantly it is supposed to mirror the story the song is telling. Nowadays, music videos seem to just be done to be done and don’t appear to have much thought put into them. Bruno Mars released the video for his beautiful song “When I was Your Man” off his album Unorthodox Jukebox and the video just didn’t live up to my expectations.
The vid is simply Mars playing at the piano singing his song. The only “out there” thing about it is that it’s done in an 80s style, which seems to be all the rave this decade. Performing live with a big afro, aviator glasses, a flower on his suit and a glass of dark liquor on his piano, there’s nothing original about this video. Granted, it probably did cost a nice dollar to make but definitely doesn’t look like it took much effort to create.
There wasn’t a story to the video; no flashbacks to him and this girl dancing or kissing, nothing. Nothing tied into the song and that is what I have a problem with. When you listen to the song you picture the words, the actions, and you expect the video to mirror some, if not all, of those.
When I picture a song I feel that artist is picturing the same thing I see; obviously in a different way but we would be on the same path. A lot of music artists are coping out with the videos and not being creative and expressing the song.
“When I was Your Man” is a beautiful and emotional song that I hope every jerk of an ex you, or me, ever had listens to it and feels as Mars is feeling. I just wish the video had more thought and tenderness.
What do you think? Did Bruno Mars cop out of making a good video and/or all artists doing the same?Bruno Mars, Music Video, unorthodox jukebox, when I was your man