Periodically on these pages I've mentioned my friend Myles Berkowitz, who is a one-man circus, and I've said that his wonderful wife Elisabeth is the luckiest person alive because she has a guaranteed lifetime of entertainment by saying, "Hi, Myles, what's new?", and he'd go into a specular rant for the next half-hour, and he's asked about something else.
As it happens, I had dinner with those Berkowitz folks last night, with a delicious meal prepared by Elisabeth (and the evening made all the more entertaining by saying, "Hi, Myles, what's new?"). But it was also made even more fascinating by the lovely and shy Elisabeth off-handedly mentioning for some reason, in reference to something only tangentially related, that she had once been in a Poco music video.
I knew that Elisabeth had been a model early in her career, before she met Myles, but this had never come up in conversation. (Oddly, since Myles -- among his many other talents and businesses -- is a filmmaker, who wrote, directed and starred in a wonderful mockumentary, 20 Dates -- in which he cast Elisabeth, who he'd just started dating at the time, to play a fictionalized version of herself -- on a couple of dates with a fictionalized Myles Berkowitz. By the way, a fictionalized Myles Berkowitz is in many ways more believable than the real thing. Anyway, this may be one of the few occasions in Hollywood history when a filmmaker told a beautiful woman, "I can get you in a movie," and not only mean it, but not say it as a way to hit on her...) And I was bewildered too because Poco had its hey day a LONG time ago, before even music videos, I thought, but it turns out that this came from their attempt at a comeback of some sort, about 15-20 years ago.
The video is for a song called, "Nothing to Hide," and I have absolutely no idea what it has to do with the visuals -- but then, neither does Elisabeth. I asked if she'd mind if I posted it here, and she said, "Oh, that's fine, whatever you want."
It's an overlap of several "plot lines" that appear to be about relationships breaking up, except for some of them seem to be getting back together. Elisabeth most notably comes in at the 24-second mark, during apparently her Big Curly Hair Days. She has a few scenes, disappears for some reason for a long time, and then has a close-up -- for some unknown reason -- at 2:53.
By the way, one of the user comments on YouTube says that the video was directed by Michael Bay. So, the fact that the video doesn't makes any sense becomes a bit more understandable now.
So, with all that out of the way, I present the Elisabeth Berkowitz Video, featuring Poco.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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