During an afternoon snowfall, Vanessa Williams decides to take a walk. She pulls her jacket tighter to her as she watches the icicles began to form on her awning.
In black-and-white, she puts her hand her hand on her shoulder as she stands near a curtain, singing to the camera.
In a studio, a conductor waves a baton and moves his hand against footage of Williams singing near the curtain.
Back at her home, she stands against the wall as the fire cracks in the fireplace. She leans forward on the couch between two candelabras. She walks to her window.
The conductor moves his hand downward.
In black-and-white, she faces to the right, hand still on her shoulder.
She sits on the couch.
The conductor points with one finger as he keeps his hand moving in an even manner.
In black-and-white, she sings to the camera again and then looks down.
Vanessa Williams’ home in the video seems to be scattered, both with color and drapes hanging from every rod and bookcase. The back of her family room seems to have an icicle white curtain over the brick. However, as she walks, there is a silky red curtain hung over the wall. It is also within breathing distance of one of the candelabras. It’s tight and enclosed as though it were a cabin. However, when she walks outside, it’s a suburban neighborhood.
The breathtaking black-and-white showcases Williams’ visceral reaction to his declaration. The hurt mingled with joy, confusion and anger that it took him so long. She has been waiting for years and suddenly, it doesn’t seem real.
The explanation of the strings, while not necessary, is well done. They record over footage of her singing in a concert hall, using her voice as a guide. Unconventional as it may seem, the orchestra is reaching out to pop music and through the help of a grant, she was chosen to represent her local symphony.
Director: Kevin Bray Year: 1991
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