M100FS (Rock Edition): 99 – “Let Go” – Frou Frou

As we’re at the very beginning of this countdown, can I just say that the M100FS stands for My 100 Favourite Songs? Thank you!

So Imogen Heap first came to my attention when somewhere, sometime I got to hear Hide And Seek. I was taken. I’d not really heard any voice/synth stuff since O Superman! Which I think may have been Laurie Anderson (but don’t quote me).

I immediately sent a copy to a work colleague who was like – “nah” but it at last tempted me to explore her other work.

And that’s where this song “Let Go” comes in. And, like many other songs in this chart, I’m thinking, you know, this really should be placed much higher.

It’s dreamy, certainly catchy and I LOVE the chorus-line.

Drink up baby down
Mmm are you in or out
Leave your things behind
‘Cause it’s all going off without you
Excuse me, too busy oh, writing your tragedy
These mishaps you bubble wrap when
You’ve no idea what you’re like

so let go
And jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
(So let go) yeah let go
And just get in
Oh it’s so amazing here
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

It gains the more it gives
And it rises with the fall
So hand me that remote
Can’t you see that all that stuff’s a sideshow
Such boundless pleasure
We’ve no time for later now
You can’t await your own arrival
You’ve twenty seconds to comply

so let go
And jump in
Oh well whatcha waiting for
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown…

There is a music video for the song. Says it’s a tragic story about a young woman who is taken advantage of and when she does meet the right guy she has dangerous flashbacks. Starring Faith Meyer. Edited from the short film “The Ruby Sunrise”

I made a video too for Let Go but it was lost as it was uploaded to a now defunct YouTube channel. 

But I found much of the material I used gleaned from short films on autism, the focus being on awareness and social inclusion but I wanted to elaborate on things like meltdowns and stimming, bullying too to some degree. 

The lyrics were key. “It’s so amazing here” I interpreted as the non-neurotypical brain and the fact that autism is it simply being wired differently, as somone who lives with this day in day out, I know that there IS beauty in the breakdown.

I’m inspired to use my ideas in making music videos and often it is left to the viewer to interpret the story which of which even I have only a rough idea! 

But I’m quite proud of this one and will make sure I don’t mislay it again! 👍

3 thoughts on “M100FS (Rock Edition): 99 – “Let Go” – Frou Frou

  1. Thank you! Writing reviews doesn’t come naturally to me so that means a lot! It’s funny you mentioned those words as they specifically struck me as being really powerful seeing them on screen and I have no idea what you mean about them being in the wrong place. Perfectionism is a very personal thing though isn’t it?! I have worked a lot on taming my own perfectionism as well as with autistic children on getting them to see there is no such thing as perfect when it comes to creativity and they would be happier if they just “let go” instead of aiming for perfection. It’s such a common trait to have though and not easy to tame!

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  2. That means a lot, thanks and for taking the time to view. Maybe you should be a reviewer, you describe so well and identified exactly what my message is here.

    On editing, timing is everything and it’s funny, though I made the original video some three years ago, when I came to do it again, I was able to remember the techniques, transitions, timings etc which made doing it again a lot quicker!

    The only let-down is I didn’t check the ratio aspect on output so where I float and spin the words “beauty” and “breakdown” though you can see them. they’re not fitting where they ought on screen but on reflection, I quite like it off-key and that’s very unusual for me not to just rip it up and do it all over again until it’s perfect.

    I think maybe things are seldom perfect anyway, perhaps sometimes we overdo things? I think if this is a raw message and stark in places, then it’s potent enough.


  3. I love your video for Let Go!!! It opens with what I can only imagine is an autistic child’s experience of being in an over-stimulating environment and is a whistle-stop tour through other negative experiences autistic children face on a daily basis. It’s a real eye opener to their world. The music fits perfectly, both the lyrics and the driving nature of the song. Beautifully edited, this gives real insights and shows some of the beauty that can come from a more inclusive approach to autism.


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