I recently stumbled across old blog post from 2007 – 2010. They show how our past is often more similar to our present than we thought it would be. So I’ve created the “Throwback Blog Series” to unearth these ideas and stories. Hope you enjoy the journey back through time over the coming month.
May 29, 2010
Till That Day Comes: The Music Video Shoot
Have you seen the music video I shot last year with my brother, in which I dance, skip and sing my way from Northwest DC to the Lincoln Memorial? It garnered mixed reviews from friends and fans, but due to some serious YouTube marketing, the video has over 12,000 views. Good times!
But it’s about time to give you some fresh content, perhaps with fewer DC monuments in the background and a bit more artistic lighting, production, and location. 😉 Amazingly, I am blessed with a community of friends and artists that are making that possible.
Almost a year ago, a guy named Alex Houston—the director of the festival award-winning documentary “Swim Lessons: The Nick Irons Story”—came up to me a solo show at Fire Flies in Del Ray and said he really liked my stuff and that if I was ever interested in shooting a music video to let him know. Over the next few months, we discussed ideas, did some location scouting, worked through logistics, and talked with Amy Jones–a creative friend, artist manager, and music lover–about preparing for the shoot.
When the day came to shoot the first scenes, so many friends came together to help: Juliet helped secure the venue, Lacey did hair and makeup, Beki mastered the art of producer’s assistant, and Amy from booking the space to getting us finished on time made sure the evening went as soon as butter. 8 other friends came out to serve as extras in the video, sitting very still as I sang to a blasting and sped-up version of Till That Day Comes. Rather than describing the set and look of the shoot, I included a few pictures with this blog to give you a fell for what this part of the video will look like.
Every time I have the chance to play a show or do a creative project like this focused around my music, I am so thankful. Thanks for the gift of singing, songs, and ideas. Thankful for friends, artists, supporters, and fans who help the music take on new forms in new spaces.