I rediscovered this Annie Lennox song while watching the movie, Serendipity. Annie’s voice soars and the musical score behind her vocals build with a subtle charm–by the end of the song, I can’t get the grin off my face.
I hardly remember the song from its release in 1995, and oblivious to me, I even own the very song on an Annie Lennox’s CD entitled Medusa. Annie’s recording is actually a remake of an old Bob Marley song. When comparing the recordings, except for similar lyrics , I am still shocked to learn they’re actually the same song. Call me a child of the eighties, but I’ll take Annie’s electro-pop rendition over the reggae original any day, and twice on Sundays.
Sampling the song on YouTube, I don’t ever recall viewing the Waiting In Vain music video, but I’m delighted to find it brewing with creativity and clever attention to detail. At first, the whole mouse ears thing is a mystery to me (I wonder if anyone at Disney’s Mouse House sat up and took notice?), but a YouTube viewer’s comment indicates the mouse ears are actually a reference to Minnie Mouse, specifically how she always waits in vain for Mickey Mouse (to fall in love, I’m guessing). In the video, Annie’s choreographed movements, especially with mouse ears, add a unique, dramatic, and animated presence to it all. When I try to imagine her without the mouse ears, my mind imagines it to be far less interesting, at lease from a visual perspective.
My favorite part of the video nears the end where twined images of Annie, sitting on the stove, kick their legs in sync while singing “I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna…” (the backing to the song’s finale/climactic end).
Videos like Annie’s Waiting In Vain make me miss that show Pop-Up Video. I love how that show dissected the videos and the stories behind the scenes.