The video for Sia’s The Greatest has been popping up in my timeline for a while. It’s a stunning piece of art – think Beyond Thunderdome meets Braveheart – and the child dancers, all 49 of them, are committed and ferocious and awesome. In and of itself, it’s a thrilling visual and musical experience. But then I read about all the markers I’d been missing – the rainbow tears, the smoke filled hallways, the bullet holes on the dancefloor and the all-fall-down of the 49 – and there you have it: the most amazing, heart-breaking, powerful tribute to the victims of the Pulse Orlando Nightclub massacre of June 2016. Watch it to 4.37 and I dare you not to catch your breath.
PS. and this may just be my soundtrack to 2016.
“Hey, this is the proof
Hey, I work hard, pray hard, pay dues, hey
I transform with pressure, I’m hands-on with effort
I fell twice before my bounce back was special
Letdowns will get you, and the critics will test you
But the strong will survive, another scar may bless you…”