Beat This Summer by Brad Paisley
One of the biggest country stars today is Brad Paisley, a singer, songwriter, and musician, who has been producing award-winning music for the last fourteen years. Paisley first released his debut album in 1999 and has gone to sell millions of records with thirty-two hit singles and nine albums. On top of that, Paisley has won numerous accolades from the Country Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music, the Grammy’s, and the American Music Awards. Paisley’s style of music falls under the category of country music, although it was also been described as country rock. Some of his most popular hits include “Mud on the Tires,” “This is Country Music,” “She’s Everything,” “When I Get Where I’m Going,” and “Water.”
Paisley’s latest single is called “Beat This Summer.” The song is from Paisley’s ninth studio album entitled Wheelhouse. “Beat This Summer” is the second single from that album, and it was released in March 2013 from Arista Nashville Records. The song was written by Paisley along with Luke Laird and Chris DuBois. The music video for “Beat This Summer” was directed by Roman White. White has directed music videos for artists such as Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum, and Taylor Swift. The music video was filmed in Santa Monica, California and was released in April 2013.
The music video for “Beat This Summer” begins with shots of the beach and the ocean. On a pier, a man with a small dog tunes a radio. A bird flies overhead. A small building sits on the sand. People walk down the pier. There are carnival rides. A young girl catches the eye of a boy. The boy buys ice cream for her. The two go shopping, play carnival games, ride the rides, look out over the ocean, share popcorn, and win prizes. At one point, the young couple plays in the water and the girl draws a heart in the sand. They have a date of sorts on the beach with a table for two and wine glasses full of milk with Oreo cookies.
The boy pulls out a toy guitar and pretends to play it. They hold hands as they ride the carousel. Near the end, Paisley is seen playing the toy guitar and dressed just like the boy. The girl’s mother comes to take the girl but not before she kisses the boy’s cheek and drives away.
The song “Beat This Summer” is about the singer reflecting on an amazing summer with his girl. The first verse talks about how he has spent time holding her hand and walking on the boardwalk with her and this experience is just like “heaven.” However, as with all things, their time together must come to an end. The shops will close and there a chill will come in the air. Like “an hourglass,” the days with her go too fast. In the end, there is nothing that can “beat this summer” with her.