Video Review: Ellie Goulding “Burn”

Ellie Goulding raises her arms as she walks on the tarmac at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire, England. A twentysomething man, wearing sunglasses, turns his head as he looks in the backseat as his friend drives. A second twentysomething man unlocks the gate and walks on the field with his friends.

Several twentysomething men and women climb over the fence. A twentysomething woman places a light on the ground. Lit in royal blue, she dances. Some twentysomething men and women talk as they sit in the back of a pick-up truck. Goulding dances with the group of people on the field. Several people continue to set up the lights on the field.

Goulding stands in the field, a golden glow illuminating her. She turns to the right and left. Lit in candy red, a second twentysomething holds up a sparkler in the air. People stand together, their arms around their significant others as they watch the sky. She continues to dance with a group of people on the tarmac.

Rating: 2.5/5

Ellie Goulding says her family used to come here for a summer or two. She says her family would treat their friend to dinner away from the base. They had a girl her age and sometimes, they’d write letters back and forth. However, her family lost contact with him after he fought in a war. The twentysomething woman says she grew up on the base until her mom divorced her dad. She says some of the people she knew found her online. Goulding says she’s looked for the family friend. However, he isn’t anywhere.

Goulding walks on the tarmac, thinking of the family friend. If he was alive, he may be back home. He had mentioned living overseas at one point. Her father talked how they would take a family vacation to Greece once the time was right. But his dad stopped talking to the family friend for some reason and the letters stopped.

She dances on the field, glancing a a twentysomething woman with black hair. It could be her. She wanted to say hello or ask. However, she also didn’t want to know. The second twentysomething woman smiles at her and waves. Goulding waves and continues to dance.

Director: N/A Year: 2013

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