Video Review: Terence Trent D’Arby “Sign Your Name”

Terence Trent D’Arby sleeps in bed while a twentysomething woman peeks through the keyhole of the door. Lit in royal blue and projected onto the bed, the twentysomething woman blows a kiss. The twentysomething woman and 7-year-old girl walk down the stairs of the apartment. The 7-year-girl drops her stuffed teddy bear.

D’Arby sits up in bed and reads the letter on the other side of the bed. Projected onto the wall, the twentysomething woman runs her hand through her hair. The twentysomething woman and 7-year-old sit together in the backseat, staring at the apartment building as the car drives.

Shirtless, he sits backwards in a chair in the bedroom. The twentysomething woman dances with the 7-year-old girl in her arms in the kitchen. Lit in cornflower blue, he gets on his motorcycle and drives to The Incredible E.G. O’Reilly’s bar. Several twentysomething men watch him as he walks into the bar. He sits at the counter. A second twentysomething woman and man make out by him. A third twentysomething man bumps into him and stares him down. A group of twentysomething men get up from their booths and stand. The third twentysomething man backs off and leaves.

Lit in cornflower blue, he continues to ride his motorcycle in the city. The twentysomething woman and D’Arby laugh as they talk in their home appear as he drives. He parks at the curb and looks up the window at the 7-year-old girl and the twentysomething woman. The 7-year-old girl peeks by the door downstairs and sees her stuffed teddy bear in D’Arby’s backseat. D’Arby puts his hands over the twentysomething woman’s eye as they stand in the kitchen. She holds his hand. They kiss.

Rating: 5/5

Terence Trent D’Arby tucks the twentysomething woman’s letter in the a drawer. He knew every word of it and sips his drink. His 7-year-old’s daughter teddy bear sits on the counter. She had to be asking about him. It’d had been 6 months. Her birthday was coming up in a few days. In the letter, the twentysomething woman promised she wouldn’t turn his daughter against him. But she didn’t leave an address.

The bartender at The Incredible E.G. O’Reilly’s slides him his drink as he sits down. D’Arby says he’d like to send a drink to the second twentysomething woman at the booth. The bartender tells him she’s not available. He says none of it matters. The second twentysomething raises her drink at him as she talks with the a fourth twentysomething man. She excuses herself and walks up to D’Arby. D’Arby tells her it’s not going to work out. She responds it never does and leans in to kiss him. As they kiss at his place, the twentysomething leaves a message on the answering machine.

The 7-year-old girl holds up her stuffed teddy bear and says, “Daddy found it.” The twentysomething woman asks where he is. The 7-year-old girl points to the street. She tells her to let Daddy come inside. D’Arby walks inside and she turns away. Whispering, she says she doesn’t deserve him. He puts his hands on her shoulders and tells her she’s forgiven. She says kisses him and tells him she wants to come home. He puts his hand on her cheeks and says she’s always welcome.

Director: Vaughn Arnell Year: 1988

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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 . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.