I know it’s kind of late for this (both for Video of the Week and the special occasion it’s commemorating), but I suppose it’s better late than never. I chose this particular video since my favorite rock musician of all time, George Harrison, would have turned 67 on February 24th (or 25th, depending on whose book you read. He was born right around midnight, hense the inconsistency in the dates). And though the great Mr. Harrison has made a plethora of awesome videos, I picked this one in particular because, for one thing, “Blow Away” is one of his more obscure songs, as well as being an all-around feel-good song and video. The visual effects of the video are fairly simple, but practically guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The song’s message — which, now that I think of it, is pretty much the same as that of “Here Comes the Sun”, also written by Harrison — is something I can personally relate to, as about this time last year (around the same time I started this blog, now that I think of it), I was going through a deep emotional trough of my own, but have since been able to pull myself out of it and become a much happier person. But whether you’ve been through emotional turmoil yourself or have gone through life with little more than everyday annoyances to trouble you, I’m sure George Harrison — with the help of his friends the giant plastic chick, the big ceramic duck, and the massive bobblehead bulldog — will make you smile with “Blow Away”.
On a related note, I was very pleased to find that one of the feminist blogs I subscribe to, The Curvature, put up a post commemorating George Harrison’s birthday. You can read it here: http://thecurvature.com/2010/02/27/top-5-george-harrison-vocals/.