Most of you may know British singer Jess Glynne as the voice featured in Clean Bandit’s hit single ‘Rather Be.’ What you may not know is that Jess is currently signed to Atlantic Records and has been making music with them since 2013. Last summer, she released the music video for her single ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself.’
The music video for ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ constantly switches between shots of Jess Glynne singing to the camera and a touching storyline about a young African-American boy. The African-American boy in the video has a passion for drumming, and after his dad passes away, he has several flashbacks to his dad teaching him everything he knows on the drums. One day, he tries to observe the drum line’s practice and gets kicked out by the harsh group leader. After practicing with extreme dedication day in and day out, the boy marches into the room where the drum line practices. The existing members of the drum line try to kick him out just like before, but he stands his ground, shows them his talent, and he finally gets accepted into the group.
I absolutely love the concept of the video, as it fits perfectly with the song’s lyrics. Some of this track’s incredible lyrics include ‘Learn to forgive, learn to let go / Everyone trips, everyone falls / So don’t be so hard on yourself, no’ and ‘I came here with a broken heart that no one else could see / I drew a smile on my face ’till they were over me / The wounds heal and tears dry and cracks, they don’t show.’ I sincerely love the message of this song and truly believe that you shouldn’t ever be too hard on yourself.
My main criticism about this video is that there is somewhat of a strange break in the concept of the video around the one minute and forty-five second mark. At this mark, the video’s concept slightly changes, and instead of the boy practicing to be a part of the drum line, he is shown getting pushed around by kids at a basketball court. Then, when he returns home, his mom inspects his eyes to see if they are red, which would indicate that he has taken drugs. However, I don’t understand how these two scenes are vital to the video’s overall message whatsoever. This fault may be due to poor editing, but also could be a result of the director trying to fit too many storylines into a four-minute video.