Video Review: Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason”

At a bar, Tracy Chapman begins her set. A twentysomething young man dances on a royal blue circular platform. The bartender listens as he wipes the counter. The twentysomething man continues his dance by the jukebox. A busboy picks up a dirty plate from a table.

A young woman answers her phone. With her keys between her fingers and clutch in hand, she leaves her home.

Couples begin to dance near the stage. The bartender nods at the young woman as she walks inside. She thanks the server as he sets the drink on the table.

Sitting in chair, against a neutral splattered painted background, she taps her foot. A beige filter is added as she smiles. Her female guitarist plays in the same room (without the filter).

A young man holds a watch in his hand. The young woman bobs her head as she watches Chapman perform. The bartender dances as he cleans. Lit through a beige filter, the young woman dances with her new boyfriend.

As Chapman closes her set, the door to the bar closes.

Rating: 4/5

The young woman walks into the bar. Her friend, the bartender, says hello with a nod. She sits down at a table and orders her regular drink. She listens to Tracy Chapman and takes the lyrics to heart. She has to be proactive in her life. She has to talk to the young man she’s been eyeing for the last few months.

During the song, she approaches him and asks him for a dance. He says yes and they sway in the corner. She’s been wondering if he had any feelings for her. They’ve talked around the issue of relationships but in no relation to themselves. She had suggested some possible places to meet. However, he didn’t pick up on the hint.

After the dance, he whispered in her ear “I love you.” It filled her heart. She has been waiting for those words. She leads him by the arm and they leave for her apartment.

Director: N/A Year: 1995

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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 and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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