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The Past 9.25.11

Posted by Sound Semantics in 2011songoftheweek, music video, videosong.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone lamenting about how much better things used to be… I’d be very rich. It’s very easy to do–the past has an allure to it that the preset simply lacks. While I personally don’t have too much past to work with yet, I often find myself wondering what it would have been like to live at different points in history.

Which brings me to this week’s song. As you may have guessed it’s about the past. However, for the first time I’m going to request that you watch/listen to the song twice. This is because the song takes on very different meanings depending on what you pay attention to.

1st time: Don’t worry about the video too much, try and just listen to the song.
2nd time: Pay attention to the video! 🙂

What’s different here from other videos we’ve done, is that at times we use the video to comment on the song, rather than just highlight certain elements. Oh yeah, it’s also a really fun song, so enjoy!



A Dream Deferred 9.18.11

Posted by Sound Semantics in 2011songoftheweek, music video, videosong.

Ok, time for a confession. This song is not brand new this week. In fact, it’s one of the ‘rejects’ from our writing sessions for ‘at the drop of a hat,’ so it’s at least a year and a half old… maybe a little more than that. So we are bending our own rules a little, but for a good cause! We loved this song and gave it new life with a different arrangement (and singer). Hope you enjoy, more about the video… after the video.

I tried to reapproach this song with a completely fresh perspective – ‘forgetting’ some of the things that originally inspired Eran’s lyrics. What I heard upon new listen was a song about how, sometimes, life just doesn’t go the way you want it. You never know when someone or something will get in the way of what you thought your dreams and plans were. Sometimes you end up with a very positive change in direction, sometimes not so much, but at least for me that redirection is always pretty scary.

Letting go of control, letting some other force command your next move when you want it to be your own will so badly – it’s not easy. But the goal I strive for is to make the best of it, even when ‘it’ isn’t what you thought it would be. It’s not always easy, but in my experience, it IS always rewarding. Of course, there’s always a feel good message at the end. 🙂

We painted the scenes with watercolors and made some friends and weather with markers and paper. This was another experiment in stop motion for us, and let me take this opportunity to reiterate: it takes SO many pictures to get a minute of video! Hope you enjoy, and please share with your friends if you like what you hear and see. Thanks!


Lazy Afternoon 9.11.11

Posted by Sound Semantics in 2011songoftheweek, videosong.
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The following statement is not meant to be boastful:

This song sounds exactly like it’s title suggests

We’ve had a few hot, sleepy days here in Portland and this is the result.

A special thanks to Ben Wasson for his sweet, percussive skills. Welcome back to Portland Ben, it’s good to have you back!

You may have noticed that a fair amount of the video seems grainy. We apologize for that. Unfortunately, for the first time with this project, we have run into our computing power limitations. Basically, the computer was unable (without taking several days) to reproduce this video at full length and full quality. We had to choose one or the other, and just a part of a video somehow doesn’t sound very appealing 🙂 Anyways, we decided that since the songs are really the most important part of the project, and we still really like this one, we’ll go ahead and share the video, though it’s not exactly how we imagined it. Hopefully, you agree with our decision.


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