Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (Music Video)
I know there has been a lot of talk and hatred against Miley Cyrus within the past year for her seemingly “outrageous” new image but, I particularly felt the need to share my thoughts on what I think is a beautiful new song and video.
Before any of you expect me to defend my stance on Miley herself, I’m only going to talk about her song and video here–because my respect for Miley is perhaps another post for another time!
Now, I’m not quite sure why so many people are bangin’ Miley for this video–especially for such nit-picky little parts and things that take the entire song and video out of context! There’s such a great level of depth to this song and video that should be recognized.
First off, the amount of heart in the song itself is something to be recognized. Although it does have the sound of a lot of today’s mainstream pop, its lyrics and Miley’s vocals are still put in the forefront. Miley’s transition from pop-country-rock to a more dance-pop is almost seamless, as her voicing in this song still reveals a lot of heart and emotion through what she’s singing (i.e., she hasn’t entirely strayed away from that connection to her music). The song starts as a slow build-up telling her story of a rocky relationship and sincere approach to love, accompanied by some sort of bouncing electronic rhythm, which eventually switches into a drop and strong chorus, signifying a sort of purge of pent-up anger and emotion as she yells, “I came in like a wrecking ball.”
Now, the video matches pretty perfectly with what Miley is trying to say. As a friend pointed out to me, the cinematography is absolutely beautiful, as each shot looks as if it could have come out of an editorial/magazine.
For those of you who may have cringed before you even considered the video’s significance, there’s a lot to see and connect in her video. The walls surrounding her in the video are almost like the walls that were up in her relationship with her lover (as with any new love) and, as she literally comes in swinging on a wrecking ball, it signifies how hard it was she fell in and for love. She fell so hard that the eventual pursuit to break down the walls of her lover also broke her down. Hence, her lyrics of the chorus being:
“I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me”
Also, the nudity that accompanies Miley seems to say a lot of how bare she was in her relationship–perhaps she had given so much and “bared her all” for love. And she literally shows that as well.
The lack of color in the video, with only her bright blue and vibrant eyes seeming to be the only significant color in the video, pretty much captures the sadness of lost love. As eyes are commonly seen as the “windows to the soul,” she’s letting us all see her soul.
And her approach to interacting with the objects in the video, such as the ball, walls, and sledgehammer, seems to be as if she’s caressing them. Many of you may find this as the most outrageous part but, I feel that that was kind of her approach to love. These were the objects that signified her hard fall and approach to love, as caressing them only seems to be the way to find what was lost. (I may have pushed it a bit here, but, hey… I feel like that’s what I would do if I lost a love and these were the objects that were symbolizing it…)
I’m sorry to sound as if I’m over-analyzing this video, but, there’s just so much symbolism throughout each frame that it’s so beautiful not to write about. And I feel that Miley’s intentions have gone so askew with people having particular images and ideas of Miley without really seeing her for who she truly is.
At least we can all admit that Miley feels strong and confident in doing what she does and being who she is. Sure, some of the things she may do can seem outrageous but, she has no shame. And that draws people to her. She seems rebellious only because people never really gave her the chance to express who she really is. She’s gained my respect because she’s never really tried to make people believe she was one thing when she really was another–she totally owns who she is and isn’t afraid to flaunt it. And, when it comes to her heart and the things in her life? Well, she knows when to keep it private, but also when to feed it to entertainment.
You gotta love her. And if you don’t, know that I do. (Note: Love as in mad respect.)
You’re reading this post from a girl whose always been called sweet and a “goody two-shoes.” And I admit that I still love Miley. Does that say something?