Video Review: Sheryl Crow “Soak Up The Sun”

On the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Sheryl Crow sits barefoot on the sand by a tree, guitar beside her as she watches the ocean. A group of female surfers walk with their surfboards. A young woman rides her surfboard on the ocean, colored in a pineapple yellow.

A young woman rubs sun lotion on her arm. Another young woman sits on the top of the car and hands her friends their surfboards.

Crow taps her bare foot as she sits in the back of a recreational vehicle (RV).

Coated in a pineapple yellow, a shirtless young man stands on a rock and stares at the ocean.

At the bonfire, she watches a few young people take some late evening runs into the water. During the day, she dances on the wet sand.

Several young people turn their surfboards on the waves coated in pineapple yellow.

Crow and two other people sit on the cliff. The two friends leap off the cliff and into the water.

Crow sits in a convertible, her bare feet on the dashboard. Wearing a wet suit, she moves her arms in the water as she rides her surfboard towards a wave.

She plays guitar during the bonfire. Dozens of people dance around her.

A young woman sits on her surfboard, watching the sunset.

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl Crow strums her guitar as she watches her friends surf. She didn’t think she’d ever make it to Hawaii. Her best friend invited her and she turned her down, telling her she couldn’t afford it. Working part-time limited her to paying her bills with her check.

While out for lunch one afternoon, her best friend gave her a card. She opened it and saw a ticket for Hawaii in it. She told her she couldn’t accept it. Her best friend told her it was an early birthday present. They hadn’t seen each other in years and they deserved some fun.

At North Shore, she learned how to surf and played some of her music for some of her new friends. She and her best friend walked in Halewia Town, drinking mimosas and dined from the food trucks. They talked and laughed, picking up where they left off when they were college freshmen traveling on spring break. During the bonfire, her best friend pulled her aside and said she’s always there for her and not to be afraid to talk.

Director: Wayne Isham Year: 2002

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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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