Video Review: Bonnie Raitt “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

In black-and-white, a young woman sits in the forest, her long hair blowing in the wind. She avoids looking into the fires crackling beside her.

Bonnie Raitt sits on a stool on stage, a curtain behind her.

Flames lick a bed sheet.

In shadow, a young woman reaches out with her hand. The young man keeps his arms folded.

Bruce Hornsby plays the piano across from Raitt. Raitt leans her head on the partition.

The young woman sits on the couch. A paper “3” floats in the pool. The young man stands in shadow while she stays behind.

The young woman lies on the ground and levitates. The young mans stands with his back to her.

The fire continues to burn in the forest.

Rating: 3/5

He was really trying. However, Bonnie Raitt wasn’t quite ready to give up her independence. She hadn’t being in a relationship in a long time. Sometime in her 20s, she opted to remain on her own. A man who couldn’t open up to her and say he loved her was the final straw.

During the past 30 years, she traveled around the world, lived in a couple states and left whenever the moment was right. However, while back home, she reconnected with a man she rejected once. Her heart ached for him. But she hadn’t been able to talk to him since he brought up a relationship. Friendship was all she could handle.

There was a time she wanted a family but that was decades ago. Previous relationships had left her craving a powerful connection. However, as she discovered, she was an ego boost to some or a distraction from who they really wanted.

He deserves a chance. But she doesn’t know if she is capable anymore.

Director: N/A Year: 1991

Pam Avoledo Administrator
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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