John Legend and Colby Caillait are hitting a collective nerve with almost 20 million views in the first week of their new music videos. Legend’s You and I and Colbie Caillait’s Try, shake you up, question your values and toss you out of your comfort zone but for two different reasons. Both address self-love and acceptance with views of real life in all its shapes, sizes and idiosyncrasies. Both bring you to tears, if not to gut-wrenching sobs, and ask you to dig deep to get to what’s really important.
Sentimental? Of course, but don’t toss them aside too quickly. They’re more than just sentimentality. While, one video addresses acceptance at the personal realm, the other goes a bit further, a bit deeper into what’s behind the issue. Callait’s video takes you beyond personal responsibility into the systemic problem behind it all: the world’s obsessive compulsive consumerism.