Video Review: Toby Lightman “Real Love”

Viewing a black-and-white world, Toby Lightman stands by a pole, playing her guitar. She is in color. Inside, the house is lit a cherry red. It’s vibrant and full of life as the DJ spins the record on the turntable.

However, the skyline is drab and cold. A young woman rests her head on her boyfriend’s shoulder while another young woman looks out the window, bobbing her head to the music. A third young woman looks up to an apartment.

Lightman walks to the center of the room to a microphone.

A fourth young woman, in black-and-white, peeks out a door. When she opens it and goes outside, she turns color. A young man, also in black-and-white, opens the door and turns color. A fifth young woman, in black-and-white, lies down on the couch with her friend and turns color.

In the corner, a couple of her friends sit on the floor or stand, listening to her play.

A couple, filmed in black-and-white, stand next to each other. When they hold hands, they change to color.

After belting at the microphone stand, she takes it with her. As she walks along with the cord, the world begins to turn color. A man pulling on the cord pulls her back inside the house. It leads her to a cute guy.

At the microphone, she laughs.


Rating: 3/5

Something seems different about Toby Lightman. Her once straight hair now has fashionable messy curls. The t-shirt and jeans have been replaced with dresses and blouses. Her face has gotten shinier and colorful with an entire cosmetic bag’s worth of makeup applied on it.

The failure from the first single caused a panic and a dramatic pivot from everyday rocker chick to an upper class mall rat with a guitar. While it is understandable changes were needed, she shouldn’t look as though she had several plastic surgeries in between.

The black-and-white and color switches offer a generalized point of view that music and art help better the city. It’s the skyline and buildings that get the most focus, representing data, money and statistics. However, music opens the city to new perspectives of emotion, freedom and connection. It’s a contrast of the business world to the people living in the suburbs, wanting more than a cubicle and a computer to pay the bills.

Director: Charles Jensen Year: 2004

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective, 45 Magazine ,Fevers of the Mind, Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology. and forthcoming in Scrawl Place

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