Meg Myers released a new video for “Running up That Hill” a song originally done by Kate Bush back in 1985. The video is splashy and colorful with a fast changing visual of hundreds of artwork pieces done by 2,130 children. The various art work pieces flash quickly as a woman (animated Meg Myers) floats and then climbs up a large branch before morphing into a butterfly. She is a colorful character that mouths the lyrics which cry out, “Tell me we both matter, don’t we. It’s you and me.” This song is part of a longer length project Myers is working on currently, slated to be released later this year.
The video features hand colored compositions from 2,130 children from around the country, including many at the ‘Heart of Los Angeles’ (HOLA) school – a non profit that gives underserved kids an equal chance to succeed through a comprehensive array of after-school academic, arts, athletics and wellness programs. Director Jo Roy elaborated on how the video came about, “The production process for “Running Up That Hill” began with a demanding green screen shoot in which Meg climbed monkey bars, hung upside down, flew using a harness and wires, and performed her first piece of choreography!”
Director Clara Aranovich who worked with Myers for her music video on “Jealous Sea” says Myers is every bit as striking and intense as the song. “Anyone who’s seen Meg perform live can attest that she has incredible presence; it’s as if she becomes someone or something else all together, as if she’s channeling odd forces. For “Jealous Sea,” I was compelled to make something that showcases this side of Meg, this power she has, a power I feel all women secretly hold.”
Growing up in a religious household, Meg dealt with restrictions on what music she was allowed to listen to. At 19, she moved to LA and recorded her debut album Sorry which hit Top 15 and Top 20 alternative radio hits. Three years later, she put out Take Me To The Disco in July of 2018, her second LP which debuted at #5 on the Current Alternative Chart. In this record, Meg explores love, loneliness and trauma and faces her inner demons head-on.
The original song, “Running up that Hill” was done by Kate Bush and was the first single from her 1985 album Hounds of Love, released in the United Kingdom in August 1985. Bush described the song, “I was trying to say that, really, a man and a woman can’t understand each other because we are a man and a woman. And if we could actually swap each other’s roles, if we could actually be in each other’s place for a while, I think we’d both be very surprised!”
Photo Credit: Mehreen Rizvi