When I was six or seven years old, my parents bought a Sony Camcorder for Christmas.
Remember how they were all the rage? Everyone started making home movies, and shows like America’s Funniest Home Videos became hugely popular franchises. Amateur videographers would capture crotch kicks on camera for a chance to win cash prizes, handed out by none other than Bob Saget. Man, those were the days.
My sister Quinn and I would spend hours making home movies. I would pretend to be Joan Rivers, and she would do all the filming. I even made credits out of paper card, manually scrolling them in front of the camera, awarding myself the accolade of director and producer. Smug little Brooke.
My specialty was music videos. We produced an entire catalogue of music videos specifically for the Ace of Base album The Bridge (1993). For those who don’t remember Ace of Base, they were like the ABBA of the 90s.
I would star in them, and I would make my sister do all the work. We didn’t have any editing software back then (because we didn’t have a computer). So instead, we would press record on the camera and play on the CD player, simultaneously. If we made a mistake, we would rewind and re-record over top of it.
To keep the video interesting, we would stop and start recording alongside the music, so we could change up scenes and locations. We were so pro.
Cut to the chase, this past Wednesday I heard the track King by Years & Years for the first time and became obsessed. You know when you hear a song and you can’t get enough it? You play it on repeat all day…
Well that was my sentiment for this one. And I immediately wanted to make a music video for it.
There’s something about dancing around and acting like a fool on camera (and then sharing it with people) that’s quite liberating. I’m opened to embarrassing myself a million different ways now.
What’s more, it felt pretty good to return to a favourite childhood pastime. Something about it makes you like you did when you were young: carefree and full of excitement. It’s precisely that state-of-mind we could all use a little more of in our lives. So my homework to you this weekend is this: Do the things you loved to do as a child.
Within further adieu, my music video debut:
(King by Years & Years)