Change of Plans

July 4, 2021

I have a new single dropping in two weeks.  I wanted to make a video to promote the song.  It didn’t need to be too elaborate.  I needed a vehicle to carry the song that had a visual component and could also display the lyrics.  I tossed around several different ideas.  

The one problem was that I don’t really know what the song is about.  The song is called Kissing Tree.  I know this is absurd.  I wrote the song and I don’t know what it’s about.  I think it might be about death, or cemeteries, or burial, or the voodoo that is love.  

I decided to make a video about cemeteries.  There are sources online to find old public domain footage.  It’s important that I use images that I have a legal right to replicate.  I don’t need more people mad at me. I scoured the web for the perfect vintage cemetery clip.    During my search, I saw a video of flowers blowing in the breeze.  The playback speed was a little fast and it made an effect that was perfect.  

It was a change of plans.  If I recorded my own flowers, I didn’t have to worry about finding public domain footage.  When in doubt, do it yourself. I recorded around 30 minutes of flowers.  Fortunately there was a consistent breeze.  After I chopped it up and cranked the speed, it was perfect.  It was not what I had been planning but I am really happy with the results.  

I’ve been trying to learn more about video editing. I leaned about adjusting video speed and the effects it produces.  Sometimes, results are perfect despite my best intentions to create something completely different.  

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