Video Review: Blake Shelton “I Lived It”

Blake Shelton walks on a dirt road. He reads a piece of paper in his hand. He plays guitar on a branch sitting in the woods.

Hands in his pockets, he walks up the driveway to his childhood home. He sees himself as a child running past the garage. He opens the garage door and removes the sheet from his first truck. A teenage version of himself heaves hay into the back of the pick-up.

As he walks on the street, he kicks up sand. Within the sand, he views himself as a child, playing the guitar. He gets inside the truck and turns on the engine. His teenage version of himself adjusts his mirror.

On the grass, he sees the family lawn mower and pushes it. As a child, he mows the lawn. He kicks up the sand again and looks back at the teenage version of himself. The child version of himself grins as he walks through the woods. The teenage version of himself tosses a pebble.

He holds his fishing pole in the lake. In the reflection, he watches as he catches his first fish as a child. With a stick, the child and teenage versions of himself write on the dirt in the road. He bends down on the dirt and throws the stick.

On a tree, he writes his initials and the year, starting with 1986. The teenage version of himself etches 94 on the tree. He writes 18 on top.

He walks to his truck.

Rating: 3.5/5

Blake Shelton’s childhood home was being put up for sale by his parents. His parents called him and asked him if there was anything he wanted, he better come get it now.  After figuring out his schedule, he flew to Oklahoma to visit one last time.

In the garage, there was his first pick-up truck. He had saved up for it while working for a farmer. For eight hours a day, he picked up bales of hay and hauled them in his truck. He returned home, sunburned and exhausted. However, he played music on his guitar before he went to sleep, writing about the farmers and country life in his hometown.

He has his parents to thank for his work ethic and ambition. They gave him chores, which included mowing the lawn every weekend. It give some money to buy his first guitar. He knew then that if he wanted to make something of himself he had to be a hard worker.

He puts the lawn mower in the back of the truck and takes a final drive in the pick-up. Patting the driver’s side door, he tells his parents it’s okay to sell it. While he ate dinner with his parents, they shared their favorite memories. Carrying old scrapbooks in his arms, he kisses his parents goodbye and promises to be back soon.

Next week, a young couple will move into his childhood home.

Director: N/A Year: 2018

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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 poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.

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