Sia: ‘Elastic Heart’ and ‘Big Girls Cry’

In Praise and Defense of Sia and Maddie

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Grammy’s 2015
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Grammy’s 2015 Closeup

I am a huge fan of Sia and her videos. I made a blog post last year about her music video for her hit single, “Chandelier”. Since then, I’ve been an avid fan of Sia’s videos with Maddie. Maddie Ziegler is also a star on the reality TV show “Dance Moms” which I started watching after seeing how amazing dance moves in the “Chandelier” music video.

Sia’s music video for “Elastic Heart” was hit with ‘controversy’ when some narrow-minded people saw a little girl dancing with an older man and concluded that it was pedophilia. Of course, there’s no such thing as bad publicity and the views on the video sky rocketed. The comments flooded with people disgusted that it could ever be seen as pedophilia. Obviously it wasn’t. I saw nothing sexual at all in the video or the dance. Some people made the very good point that if anybody saw anything sexual in it, then THEY were the problem.

I saw the video as pure art. Maddie and Shia were absolutely enthralling together. They told the story of a battle between two selves: the capricious, childish, ‘free’, wild self and the grounded, adult, ‘restrained’, mindful self. The childish self teases the more adult self and it ends with the adult self being stuck in the mental ‘cage’ of inhibition while the childish self can escape the ‘cage’ and be free. It was deeply emotional and one of the most profound music videos I have ever seen. Utterly beautiful.

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Sia’s music video for “Big Girls Cry” took a drastic turn from her last two videos in that there was no dancing involved. Instead, Maddie delivered a heartfelt performance using just her face and her hands. It was breathtaking for me to watch the raw emotion pour out of her. My interpretation of it is that it tells a story of a young girl who wants so badly to say how she really feels inside but is kept muffled by society and has to restrain herself from spilling her feelings out. She masks herself using make up and tries to pretend like everything is okay. However, its killing her on the inside to not let her emotions out and eventually she bursts. I never cease to be amazed by Maddie’s talent and the video always moves me tears. Powerfully touching.

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I think that Maddie Ziegler coupled with Sia makes for a sizzling, electric pair. Sia’s masterful language and searing vocals combined with Maddie’s enrapturing talent and brilliant moves produce top class music videos. Their videos are a passionate trilogy. I’ll be sure to follow Maddie on Dance Moms and continue watching Sia’s videos.

And to anyone who has a problem with their videos: “Art is meant to disturb the comforted and¬†comfort the disturbed.”

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Chandelier Music Video

Chandelier is a powerful song by Sia about struggling with addiction. It’s one of my favorite songs of all time and a must listen. The music video is brilliant. Watching it was a magical and ethereal experience. It perfectly depicts the emotion behind Sia’s singing in the erratic, energetic dancing of a young girl in a desolate apartment.

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I was completely blown away by the talent surging out from the body of such a little girl. imagesHer dancing was captivating, mesmerizing, entrancing.mgid uma image mtv.com 9235917 I was in total awe as she displayed such amazingly executed dance moves along with the song. sia-chandelier-official-video-2I felt like the girl was expressing herself to the music through her dancing as a purely aesthetic art form. music-video-screencap-for-sias-chandelierNow that is what I call DANCING. t_df837c89821f423283ef017e7fb35acfShe spoke the lyrics through her body and was utterly believable. timthumb.phpHer dancing was so on point.tumblr_n5ddvixqqx1ttcbr8o1_400 She is the best dancer I’ve ever watched, a real prodigy!098d11acae4ab0ef551b6ad1cbf79182

The girl, I discovered, is 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler from a reality TV show called Dance Moms. her

Her little sister, Mackenzie Ziegler, is also a dancer. sister

I wish both little stars all the very best in their wondrous careers.

If you want to see a riveting out pour of emotion, watch Sia’s chandelier music video.

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