Actually, it is. This video dropped on Christmas Day. Well, okay, in all honesty, it dropped on December 26th, 2001. That’s close enough as far as I’m concerned. Anyone who thinks that singing about heartache while standing on a mountain in the desert isn’t a Christmas tradition has obviously never spent December in West Texas. That said, this video was filmed in Arizona and Utah and Britney really was standing on top of those mountains and singing her heart out.
Actually, this video feels even more appropriate today than it did when it was first released in 2011. This video was meant to symbolize not only Britney’s career (up to that point) but also the Britney herself had returned to reclaim her superstar status. Today, of course, it feels more like Britney has returned to reclaim her life.
Yesterday, a judge denied Britney Spears’s request to remove her father from her conservatorship. This was done despite Britney’s earlier heartfelt and shocking testimony about the Hell of not being allowed to control her own life. Despite that setback, Britney’s fight is not over and all of us will continue to support her efforts to win her freedom. Free Britney!
In honor of Britney, today’s music video of the day is one that she had to fight to make. Britney also had to convince Jive Records to allow her to shoot a video for this song, despite the fact that the label had no plans to release it as a single. Britney not only convinced them but she also made her directorial debut here, working with Billie Woodruff. (Woodruff also directed the videos for Born To Make You Happy and Overprotected.) The end result was an iconic video for an iconic song.