Fall Favourite Music Video

The edge of Blue Mountain, Collingwood

Despite the fact that one of the greatest parts of Toronto is the unexpected abundance of green space throughout its downtown (truly some of the most spectacular parks I’ve seen within a city), when September rolls around – it only feels right to escape to the countryside for just a quick minute. Although trendy trench coats, knit scarves and ankle booties have already indicated we’re well on our way into autumn, there’s nothing that embodies these months like the layers of coloured treetops on a drive outside the concrete jungle.

I was lucky to have spent a large portion of the last five days in a car. I never thought I would say that, but I suppose at this time of year it’s hard to be overly opposed to the idea of back-to-back road trips when the great outdoors are at their best. Last weekend, the nuts ventured off for a little ladies retreat to Howe Island – a tiny escape in between my native Kingston and Gananoque – which involved three or so hours of car time in between Toronto and our destination. The leaves were semi-golden and not yet fully turned, but the air was a September kind of crisp, causing the water to curl in the breeze. Lovely.

As soon as I got back from Howe Island, I hopped back in the passenger seat to head to Collingwood for work – a part of Ontario that, much to many people’s dismay I’m sure, wasn’t conducive to flying or rail travel. This, again, I was surprisingly fine with. I’d never been to Collingwood, specifically Blue Mountain – the man-made mini-Tremblant-like resort village that’s surrounded by leafy hills and Georgian Bay waters. And let me tell you, somehow, half a day of traveling later – the leaves had begun their transition, and it was scenic.

Needless to say, being back in the office seems kind of tragic. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised that during my assembling a typical little YouTube playlist to get me through the rest of the week, I stumbled upon a favourite (by no means new) cover of mine that I never realized had such a pretty fall-themed music video to accompany it.

Elton John’s “Your Song” is indisputably one of my favourite songs, seeing as I spent my childhood belting out his likeable anthems alongside my Dad – squealing with laughter whenever he’d goofily mimic John’s falsetto mid-“Bennie and the Jets.” Not only does the “Your Song” timeless melody hit a chord, but the lyrics – those lyrics – go down in history as some of the most memorable. When British indie-pop artist Ellie Goulding covered it a few years ago, I wasn’t sure if her pixie-like yodel would do it proper justice, but I immediately adopted it as one of the better covers of John’s tunes. When I saw the cover’s video, featuring an obviously adorable Goulding but, more importantly, picturesque shots of my favourite season, I grew even fonder of the old classic.

So, as we edge towards Thanksgiving – the prettiest weekend of the year – I thought I’d share this little clip to get you through your week. Happy Fall.

Monday Movie Music Moment

This is a unique Monday Movie Music Moment – because it’s from a movie that I would readily admit isn’t very good at all, a movie I’ve only ever seen once (and was forced to watch), and a movie I will most likely never toss on again.

It does, however, have a cute and memorable enough scene for me to be writing this. The movie 27 dresses (I actually originally wrote 17 dresses and had to backspace – says enough about the attention I paid to the film), is your simple romantic-comedy that made a mediocre dent in box office sales and details the ongoing search for love by a charmingly flawed female protagonist. A fairly recognizable concept, if you ask me. Unlike the 1990s rom-com’s which always seemed to feature a nugget of genius song selection, nowadays it’s tough to come across one that features a special tune or musical moment you’ll remember.

These days, it boils down to this kind of example: the goofy use of a classic song that, if nothing else, puts a little smile on our face. In this case, there isn’t much relevance to this segment and what it means (aside from the fact that I think it segways into some …snuggling… in the next scene), but it did make me chuckle the first time I saw it. Perhaps because I think James Marsden is sweet, or because it really is one of my top five favourite songs of all-time, or because it’s true that few people actually know the words. Either way, it’s fun to watch and Elton John lovers everywhere will appreciate it. Continue reading