After seeing all the dumb comments being left on iTunes about the Beat Of My Heart video, I couldn’t resist posting this satirical review.
But after I wrote it and re-read it, I think it might be right!? 🙂
So I’m posting it here, for your review and entertainment………
Hilary Duff, “The Beat Of My Heart”: Deep symbolism in this surprising little gem.
This song, and corresponding video, are brilliant little gems of art that far supersede the depth comprehendible by those who spend their time leaving negative comments about Hilary Duff, her talents, or the music she performs. Whereas most Hilary Duff songs are plainly worded, this one uses linguistic imagery and lyrical symbolism to express a painful cycle of self-defeat.
The song, framed in an upbeat dance production, is about the self-destructive nature of a teenage girl. The author is tormented by the fact that with every beat of her heart, she drives away the one she loves. The repetitive chorus symbolizes the repetitiveness of her painful cycle, “the beat of my heart, it tears us apart”, and ends with defeat, “now I’m back to the start”. The pained lyrics are masked by the peppy dance beat, just as the author must mask her feelings of fear and uncertainty to exist in society.
The verses explain the attempts to change, to bring herself “up from her down”, to convince herself that she’s not afraid and can succeed. “Dancing” is a frequent metaphor for performance and social interaction in music, and this song is no exception, as she says “I want you to see, I’m not scared to dance”.
In the bridge, she shouts “away! away!” to the demons she’s confronting, followed by a questioning pause as she sings “the beat of my heart” quietly, as if asking “are they gone?”
No, the pattern continues as the final chorus bursts in,
“Now I’m Back to the start…”
The song ends with her once again attempting to confront her demons.
“away! away!” she shouts again. The song ends.
This video takes the symbolism even further.
In the video Hilary is performing, as she must in society: putting on a show of happiness while hiding the pain inside.
As in the song itself, the director uses colors and imagery to paint the picture of her author’s true self. Clear instruments symbolize the transparency of her facade. The stark colors show the true pain behind the performance.