What lessons can children teach us about life? Basson Laas’ music video for “Tightly Bound” reminisces about his childhood and the splendor of being young.
Ricky Schroder once wrote, “I spent my whole childhood wishing I were older and now I’m spending my adulthood wishing I were younger.” This quote rings true for so many, as we all reminisce about our childhoods from time to time, and remember a period in our lives when we were free from the worries of the world.
It is so satisfying to sit with our friends and remember the silly things we use to do as kids. This is the sentiment that Basson Laas wanted to bring to life in the music video for his debut single, ‘Tightly Bound’.
“I wanted to do something fun that anyone could relate to and that is being a kid.” says Basson.
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Basson grew up on a farm in a small town in the North-West Province, where he was allowed to freely roam the neighbourhood with his friends, getting up to all sorts of mischief.
He recalls, “Most days, I couldn’t wait to get home from school, so I could go play with my friends in the veld. We would fish, build a hide so as to shoot birds and meerkats. We’d play cricket and soccer on the lawn or attempt to build a dugout in the garden for us to chill in.”
The debut single, “Tightly Bound”, which has already been playing on various radio stations across the country, is an ”everything has a silver lining” kind of song. We are constantly trying to escape all the uncertainties in life, which summon up all sorts of unwanted emotions, such as anxiety, fear, insecurity, pain and so forth. But that is not the way life is meant to be lived.
Basson Laas explains, “Children are the pinnacle of not being ‘Tightly Bound’. For them, life is all about playing and having fun, which some of us adults have forgotten how to do.”
For the singer, creating and listening to music triggers the same dopamine receptors that being a kid once did, and his hope is that it would do the same for his listeners, even if just for a brief moment we can forget about our troubles and appreciate the good things in life. One of the major lessons that we can learn from children is to embrace the beauty and joy of life.
“If the music video makes you crack a smile, then my objective has been achieved,” he says.
As much fun as it was shooting the video, it didn’t come without its challenges. Working with three 6-year-old kids can be challenging, to say the least. But they really brought the story to life and it was an exciting day for all.
The video was shot in Dullstroom by Hope Films with Producer Ruan Myburgh and Director Stephanie Knipe, who helped put Basson Laas’ vision together.
It’s no wonder the songwriter found his life work on the road touring and singing his truths and heart stories to the world, in the mere hopes that it inspires others to follow their dreams.
Basson Laas concludes, “Often in the past, I’ve been so concerned about what the future holds. I waste so much time worrying about things that are mostly out of my control. But if I look back at the last decade, each moment in time, every victory or defeat happened for a reason.”
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