Well, OK... it's also just so much damn fun!!! There is that. :-) I mean, yeah, it's a lot of work, and takes considerable time and energy... but when things line up like magic and I'm in the midst of the creating, time stands still and there is no place I'd rather be. God, I love that feeling. I know you know what I mean... we all have times like that. And when life isn't feeling so magical (we all have those times, too), I appreciate the divine moments even more. And I look to those times to remind me and help me stay the course. And to stay focused on the WHY. If I can lift and open hearts with my music and presence... if I can help bring about even a slight shift in awareness that alters just one small step in someone's journey (rippling out to all of humanity)... then I am fulfilling that mission. And immersed in the joy of that. :-)
So, in addition to the new CD in the works... the collection of live recordings that transpired through "divine intervention"... there is a new music video that's just about ready for release. I've wanted to shoot a video since the release of "Walk Your Life"... and thought it would be a song from that album... but I just kept getting the hit, in light of the times we're in, to bring "Watch Love Rise" to life in this very visually experiential way.
Eric and I collaborated with a talented young film student, Ann Hanlin, who also lives out here in the woods of Battle Ground, Washington. We sat down one afternoon in late February to brainstorm possibilities. Given that our life out here... living in nature's paradise in our little vintage trailer... is a conscious choice to "focus on what matters" (in many ways), we wanted to bring that essence to life in the video. So, we decided to shoot local... in and around the trailer and on property around where Ann lives.
OK... so... trying to plan an outdoor video shoot in the Pacific NW in March is... well, it's a little crazy, lol. It was a particularly wet March... and with our varying and busy schedules, it seemed next to impossible that we'd find a day when we were all available AND the weather would cooperate. So we just scheduled a date. Took our chances. Checking the weather the days prior, it looked pretty dismal. Even the night before the shoot, the forecast was showing rain.
Miraculously, we woke up the morning of the shoot to sunshine pouring through the window. Not just no rain, but SUN... and BLUE SKY. It was so beautiful I could hardly stand it. It was the perfect metaphor for "Watch Love Rise". The sun rose to the occasion and I could FEEL the love and warmth of the Universe. That day was a reminder of the love that rises even in seemingly dark times... and maybe even because of them. There was hope in the air... the very fresh air after a long stretch of dark and wet. It couldn't have been a more perfect day to capture the essence of the song on video. Orbs and sun flares everywhere... embraced by the arms of the trees... showered by sun rays... framed in the beauty of nature as it "showed off" for the shoot. Spectacular. And SO much fun!
So, we've spent these past couple of months editing and finessing all that glorious footage. I just wanted to share the clip and a little of the back story with you all. Can't wait to share the full video with you (and the new EP) very soon! The warmth and light of summer is the perfect time to do that. May love rise always in your hearts and in your lives... <3
Love & Blessings,