I don’t really know if this is a new thing or not, but I saw the first of these videos just a day or two ago. So, it’s new to me and it may be new to you, too.
It’s a series of videos called The Backyard Sessions, produced by Happy Hippie. I like them for several reasons.
First, of course, is Miley Cyrus. I’ve seen her in three personae now. When she was Hannah Montana, my kids were right at the Disney watching age (actually, they still are, but they seem to have drifted away from the Disney Channel a bit, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not) so I saw plenty of that program. I couldn’t really see what the big deal was. It seemed to me not much different from every other Disney program, with its extremely corny, unsubtle humor and stereotyped characters.
Then, there was the trying-to-shed-the-child-star-image phase of her career. Like most people, I found it embarrassingly over the top and not very entertaining. I liked some things about her, such as being an open and honest advocate of marijuana, but the unsexy nudity and the whole Haka Tongue thing kind of grossed me out.
Now, there are the Backyard Sessions, and I have become a Miley Cyrus fan. I like the concept. It’s simple. Basically, they’re all filmed in her back yard (or maybe it’s at a studio which has an outdoor space that looks like a back yard – I don’t want to dig too deep), there’s a back up band, sometimes she sings solo and sometimes she has guests – (she seems to like Melanie Safka a lot, who was a one hit wonder decades back with “Look What They’ve Done to My Song”), there’s no nudity, no gimmicks, no fancy video effects, and a couple of things really shine through.
Everybody there seems to very genuinely be having a good time.
Miley Cyrus has a fine voice.
I hope she continues in this direction.
(I’m going to be out of town for the weekend. There might not be a blog tomorrow night.)