Find "Love or Dreams" in Brenda Cay's New Music Video
Lyrical genius Brenda Cay brings her song “Love or Dreams” to life in her latest music video. By using shots that are directly in line with what is spoken of in the song’s lyrics, the listener’s visual understanding of the song is heightened. It’s perfectly able to encapsulate that struggle that Brenda is singing about–the conflict of choosing between what one loves and what one has always dreamed of.
When Cay sings about how she met the love of her life at a beach, she’s playfully tossing around a beach ball. When she sings of how she left a note behind as she was leaving for the West Coast, the music video depicts her setting a red card on a nightstand. When Cay’s singing about how she’s walked a mile in her shoes, the viewer sees her walking upstairs in heeled boots. The imagery is very literal but it fits this grounded, personal song.
Even better is the love Cay is leaving behind to pursue her dreams being featured throughout the video, though we never see his face. That’s clever, as it creates a distinct barrier between the viewer’s perspective as an outsider and Cay’s. Warm, domestic scenes of holding hands and sharing a bottle of wine really hammer home the tension in the decision of leaving or staying, of maintaining something wonderful or pursuing something new. All in all, this is a great music video for an even greater song.