I learned a lot making this video. And I’m happy to report that I feel satisfied with how it came out, considering this is the first video in which I am in front of the camera. The inspiration for this video was Rich Mullins “Hold Me Jesus” video, which is set in this attic with the camera sitting in one spot throughout, but Rich appears and disappears in various positions through editing. It was directed by Steve Taylor (this is starting to sound like a Trivial Pursuit question for Christian music from the 90s) but I recall it striking me as a very odd and unfitting video. It still made an impression on me apparently because 20 years later I’m making a video inspired by it. It’s more a practical choice than an artistic one, but still.
I’ve always loved music videos, and having made this one I feel more excited about this art form than ever. By incorporating visuals, you are creating multi-sensory experience centered around the music (not the other way around, like regular films and TV shows/commercials). It’s not a perfect video by any means, in fact my performance is awkward in spots, but watching it makes the music sound better, probably because you have more to pay attention to. It makes the experience richer and deeper.
Of course that only happens when the music and the visuals work well together. Plenty of music videos detract, rather than enrich, the music. I’ve been preaching the same thing about how lyrics and music have to cohesively work together, but the same concept extends to music and video. When different elements work cohesively the whole becomes more powerful. I realize I’m stating the obvious, but it’s not so easy to pull it off.
Did I pull it off? What do you think of the music video, what works or what can be improved? Let me know. And as always, thanks for watching and listening.