I’m excited to be making a music video for my original song “Who Made It Be That Way.” To make sure this video happens, I am funding it myself and seeking contributions from anyone who would like to be part of it. I have raised $500 already. $500 covers 1 hour of the location fees for filming in the church where we are going to make the video, but the film company needs 3 hours to film in the church. If you’d like to contribute, please see my GoFundMe page.
“Who Made It Be That Way” tells the story of a girl growing up in a violent home who sought help from the church, only to be turned away. The song shines a light on the damage that abuse causes, and I hope it can help people heal and choose to no longer live with abuse nor let it continue to limit their life choices.
Skyecam will be doing the filming and editing, and I am working with their creative director, Andre Slaughter.
I am now remixing and remastering “Who Made It Be That Way” for official release when the video is complete, but you can listen to the song now and read the words here.
Filming on the music video begins July 31, 2017. To contribute, please see my GoFundMe page.
It was a fun show yesterday at Beverly Hills Sunrise Senior Living. The residents were excited about the performance and were a fantastic audience! I loved playing and talking about the songs, and talking about the music business that brought the songs into our lives.
I played a Cordoba Classical nylon string guitar, used the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch for vocal harmonies, and used Ableton Live to play backing tracks I created for “Mack the Knife.” The above photo of me was taken a few years ago by Irene Young.
Dream a Little Dream of Me (1931) written by Andre/Schwandt/Kahn (lyricist)
Ode to Billy Joe (1967) Bobby Gentry
Tracks of My Tears (1965) Smokey Robinson
To Sir With Love (1967) Lulu from the film “To Sir With Love”
Locomotion (1962) Little Eva
It’s Too Late (1971) Carole King from “Tapestry”
Mack the Knife (1928) written by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht
Put a Little Love in Your Heart (1969) Jackie DeShannon
After what happened about this year’s Oscars, it was meaningful to consider a film like “To Sir With Love,” a great film about people, not about race, with a great hit song, too:
According to Wikipedia, the film’s title song, sung by Lulu, reached No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts for 5 weeks in the autumn of 1967, and was Billboard magazine’s No. 1 pop single for that year. The movie ranked number 27 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies.