Let Me Love You by Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo – Let Me Love You is another song in a long tradition of upbeat appeals for eternal love. Despite a “danceable” beat, the song is really a ballad, encouraging healthy love which is rooted in self-discovery and healthy self-esteem. Ne-Lo’s desire is to demonstrate his own love first, and in doing so enable his love to find herself.
“Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” was released in July, 2012. Produced by Motown Records, the song is a single from the album which is also named “Let Me Love You”. Ne-Yo cowrote the song with Sia Furler and it was produced by Mark Hadfield and Mike Di Scala along with StarGate. Christopher Simms produced the music video which was filmed in a variety of settings and seeks to cast Ne-Yo as a type of Michael Jackson. The video was released on July 18, 2012.
Alone on a stage, Ne-Yo opens his video wearing a fedora and channelling early Michael Jackson footwork. He is shortly joined by a dance troupe which adds to the Jacksonesque feel of this music video. Cutouts to the bedroom and other warehouse locations bring a tenderness to the video and contribute to the love song vibe being created.
Ne-Yo’s version of love is to continue demonstrating his love until the object of his affection realizes that she is worthy of her own love. This is certainly an admirable goal and a message which needs to be passed along to many young women. In the end, the two seem to connect with one another and love is certainly in the air. The video opens and closes with a shot of water crashing into a beach which certainly represents the cycle of love given and love received.