So far it’s been the busiest summer of my life, and it’s not slowing down any time soon. And that couldn’t be more fine with me.
Over the last month or so I’ve had the pleasure of working with both Layne L’Heureux and Doug Hoyer on new music videos. Both artists came to me with concepts they had developed already and from there we worked together on realizing their ideas. I much prefer to work this way with musicians when it comes to putting images to their songs. I’ve never been good at suggesting video concepts to musicians; it always feels like an imposition to me to tell an artist what their own song means. I realize every video is just one interpretation, and that ultimately the listener still gets to decide what the song makes them feel or think about. But there’s no denying the power of the image, and a song can get so closely linked to its video that it always feels like a substantial responsibility. In any case: both videos have been shot and the clips are sitting on drives waiting for me to finally get a chance to edit them, which will be soon. Hopefully the end result for both will be as close to what Layne and Doug each initially envisioned as possible.
As a side note: I had the distinct pleasure of working with the Good Women Dance Collective for Doug Hoyer’s new video, and I just want to mention how inspiring it was to collaborate with them. I’ve been a fan of theirs since I played a set after a dance of Ainsley’s at a Nextfest Nightclub last year, but getting to meet them all in person and see how passionate they are about doing what they love for a living was something else. I think being a professional artist often requires a delicate balance of taking yourself very seriously, but never seriously enough to result in an over-inflated ego. I don’t think anyone I’ve met negotiates this balance better than the Good Women. I can’t wait to see more shows of theirs, and I hope we get another opportunity to collaborate in the future.
In other news: Pre-Production continues on This Wind, I’m writing a pretty interesting (I think, anyway) film with my friend Georgia, and helping to produce another music video for yet another Edmonton musician (more on that to come). Working away…working away. Busy but happy. Busy but very happy.
Until next time.