Forever Honey: Twenty-Five – video of the day

Today’s video of the day is Forever Honey’s ‘Twenty-Five’, out today, the second single from their forthcoming EP ‘Pre-Mortem High’. Frontwoman Liv wrote the song about her own experience of doing that thing we all inescapably do – turn into our mums. Gawdblessem.

“When I first moved to New York, I went without a mirror in my apartment for like 8 months.  It was the first time in a while I didn’t have constant access or the ability to obsessively finesse/fixate on my appearance.  I went home to visit my parents (where mirrors exist,) and one day I caught view of my full body.  I was taken aback – it was like I didn’t recognize myself at first.  I observed widened hips, broadened shoulders, cellulite, a softer frame, new moles, grey hairs.  None of it was bad in any way, but it simply was not the body I remembered seeing last I looked at myself.  Instead, it was the body I grew up seeing on my mom, and that was the first time I’d seen it on me – a mature, conventionally “womanly” form that seems to nurture years of experience.  

The music video was shot and directed by Shayan Farooq and Tristan Oliveira over the course of one day at mine and Aida’s apartment.  Because the song was essentially written about my mom, I really wanted her to be a major part of the video.  She’s an extremely creative and charismatic woman who has always inspired me to be authentic.  My aunt, who is another source of strength and humor in my life, is also featured at the very end of the video.

The underlying narrative of the video is about an older woman who is trying to find solace and identity in being alone.  All in all, I wanted the song and the video to highlight something that is still rarely mentioned and beautified in pop culture – and ESPECIALLY in rock music:  women aging.

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