As a tribute to my parents on their anniversary, I present “To Merry”, a video accompanying the love song off There Goes the Sun.
I started filming around Christmas 2017, and wrapped up all the editing in April; while I planned on an earlier release, I was (1) dissatisfied with the direction of the video and (2) swamped by my education workload (full time gig, online course design, online tutoring on the side, etc). However, the more I messed with effects and the more shots I took, the more it all came together.
The video centers around the plain nature of my writing: sitting at my desk, under the moonlight with a lamp to illuminate my notebook. The viewer sees shots of my notebook: lines that are scratched out; lines that are rapped. The first verse shows me rapping, but still in writing mode, with eyes not directly facing the camera. The second verse gives full eye contact.
There are also shots outside and shots of my writing room window and curtains, many of which have been changed with a threshold effect (like what’s seen in the thumbnail above). Like the video for “There Goes the Sun”, I play the keys on a few occasions.
If you’re interested, there’s a shot toward the end of the first verse that shows several pictures of deceased relatives from both my family and my spouse’s (it’s probably less than one second long). The line and shot is an attempt to honor their lives and commitment to their own relationships (some whom got ripped off in that area more than others), and remind myself that I know nothing more than they did in that realm of my life. You can spot the shot, pause it and check it out.
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