Power of Memory: Snow Patrol’s ‘You Could Be Happy’

It was the end of December 2010, and I hadn’t made a music video since the very beginning of the year. What?

I had to rectify that, so I found inspiration from my first semester at BU. Many of my friends were ready to go home for winter break, as none of them had been away from home for so long before. There was a lot of nostalgia floating around, stories of family, friends, pets, world travels, death…

And it hit me. Or, rather, blasted out of my headphones while walking down Comm Ave. One of my absolute favorite songs, Snow Patrol’s “You Could Be Happy,” fit the tune of nostalgia perfectly. Memory and past relationships flood the lyrics, so I made them flood my music video.

I used reversals to back my main character through the streets to find himself at home, where the death of his cat still haunts him, so much that memories of everyone in his life haunt him as well. (Gee, where did that idea come from?)

Looking back on this video, I realize how truly beloved this video is to my heart. Mr. Willy is always near and dear to me, and sometimes I just have to stop and remember him no matter where I am or what I’m doing. This video helps me. It may not be the most craftily edited, but it doesn’t have to be.

You could be happy, Snow Patrol? This video makes me happy.

Video: Snow Patrol – You Could Be Happy (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: December 30, 2010

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.


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