MUSIC VIDEO REVIEW
"Letting Go" by Mayday Parade
Written by: Lexie
TODAY, March 29, Mayday Parade released a music video for their song "Letting Go." This particular song maintains an overall mellow groove throughout, but the initial tone is set from the very beginning when it opens solely with an acoustic guitar and gentle vocals. While the vocals don't vary in intensity, the instrumentals build quickly as the full band joins in the sound, adding to the song's weight.
This song is about (not-so-surprisingly) letting go and consequently, being let go of. While the lyrics have a sense of pleading of being let go "slowly," the video truly emphasizes finality in the situation. Though there is no established circumstance to which this song refers to (the lyrics are fairly ambiguous in that respect), the video expresses finality in its display of a "Farewell" sign, and a half-eaten cake that says "Bon Voyage." The setting is intimate, taking place in a home-like space, and seems to indicate a recent celebration of departure.
The video eventually takes on an even more symbolic representation of the song's meaning when it shows an astronaut in space, with his/her helmet flashing, what appears to be, memories. This distance and separation from reality truly clarify the message of this song, since the astronaut seems so detached from whatever could be happening on earth, distracted by the beauties of space.
As a whole, I'd rate this piece a 9 out of 10. I felt that this song -- despite being simple in its structure -- was beautiful and sweet. The video was pleasant, and greatly added to the overall understanding of the song. Check this video out for yourself on YouTube and see what you think! If you like what you hear you can purchase this song TODAY, as well as the rest of Mayday Parade's album, "Black Lines," on iTunes!