I feel like I haven’t heard enough Bryan Ferry lately.
So today, I’m remedying that with a healthy dose from his 1985 record, Boys and Girls.
On Ferry’s YouTube channel, under the playlist for the album, “Windswept” is one of only three songs with an official music video (the two others are “Slave to Love” and “Don’t Stop The Dance”).
Ferry has always been known for featuring female models on his record covers and in videos and, in the 1980s, he certainly kept up that habit. The video for “Windswept” is more artistic and has an erotic sense about it, but more from a place of mystique rather than objectifying like the other two, in my view.
At the end of the day, Ferry and co. made the videos in a different era. Like anything that could be viewed through the lens of today in “cancel culture,” it’s certainly worthy of debate. That’s a broader discussion as to how we should treat artistic expressions of the past in a climate of honouring and inclusion, and the consequences of censoring or erasing those acts now. I always welcome your thoughts and comments (and usually receive several on my Facebook shares of these posts) as we navigate the rapidly changing world in which we hopefully all seek to live in peace and harmony.
Bryan Ferry gave a show in Winnipeg a couple of years ago. Both a friend/former colleague who loves his music and I were gutted that neither of us and our partners were able to attend due to our families’ respective commitments. She and I have often said it would have been a fantastic concert. And, I wonder if another opportunity like that will come to Winnipeg… time is ticking… as we all age and concerts continue to be a no-go. (By the way, if you want to hear about a couple of other shows I regret not seeing, check out my post on Wolf Alice’s “Don’t Delete the Kisses,” which is also an excellent song).
While writing this post, responding to messages that have popped up on my desktop, and various other tasks, I feel I’ve gotten a healthy infusion of Mr Ferry.
Thank you, Bryan. Now, onto the pizza and movie night with my dear Sweety.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video for the song from Bryan Ferry’s official YouTube channel:
Full, unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of the good folks at AZLyrics.com.