Yellowhead West (video)

I’m really pleased to have worked with Long Sleeve Productions on the video for Yellowhead West.  Drazen and Kathleen were great creative partners in this undertaking and I think the results speak for themselves.

The interiors were shot on location at Maggie’s Hill Heritage Loghouse (where we recorded the song and much of the album) in Sherwood Park, Alberta.  The driving scenes were shot on the Yellowhead Highway between Edmonton and Jasper on a beautiful autumn day.  (Look for the drone shots of the truck).  The “empty mountain pass” is Talbot Lake at the east end of Jasper National Park.

Thank you to Martha Conrad for use of Maggie’s Hill and to Doug Elniski for loaning us his truck for this project.

New single for December

The holidays can be a difficult time for those away from home.  Here’s a new single from the album that conveys the loneliness of Christmas amidst  the stark beauty of a northern Canadian winter.  Dedicated to all those who will be away from their families this year.

Experimenting with video

So I tried out a little experiment with video a few weeks ago.  The song is the demo version  of “Meet me in Montreal.” I wanted to know if I could assemble something from found footage on YouTube that touched thematically on the song.

The lyric alludes to a road trip taken sometime in 1967, so I looked for old super 8mm footage from Expo 67 and other home movies of that time period.  I used to capture and download the videos as mp4 files, which I then imported into iMovie.  I’m not a filmmaker (as some viewers will no doubt immediately recognize) but it was fun to find and edit the footage into something that accompanies the song demo.

I think it turned out okay and it shows what can be done on a tight budget with a bit of creativity.  I’m not sure about the intellectual property questions it might raise but I confined my sources to home movies that don’t appear to have any commercial value or intent.  However, for good measure I did include a link to each of the source videos on the Vimeo page.