Sunday, February 28, 2010

Matt and Alex make a music video.

A few weeks ago, I found out my grandma (Lorri's mother) was diagnosed with cancer. It's really bums me out to know that she's suffering and I really hate the fact that I can't do anything about it. I wanted to do something nice for her, so I gave it some thought and the lyrics from a classic country song, "Mamas don't let your babies (grow up to be cowboys)" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson came to my mind. The lyrics say "Cowboys ain't easy to love and they're harder to hold. They'd rather give you a song than diamonds or gold." So I decided I'd sing her a song.

I told Matt I needed his help recording a video so I could send it to her. I figured we'd just film it n keep it real simple, but Matt had a different vision in mind. So we got the light set and the boom mic and the whole nine yards. The Phister's living room was suddenly transformed into a music video set last night. Me being the "talent", Matt being the director/cameraman, Annie and Kyle being the crew. It was quite the production. It took a while cause I kept messin up. I couldn't keep it together with the lights and cameras all up in my grill. But eventually we got through it.

Then we set to work on the editing. It's so cool to watch Matt work when he's editing stuff. I can tell he really enjoys it and he's got an amazing talent for it. The worst part of it was having to listen to me miss them notes over and over again as we were going through all the pieces of footage. I am definitely not a singer, peeps.

It turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I can't help but chuckle at the irony of how great the video is and how NOT great the song is. Oh well, I think it's still pretty cool.


So I wanted to post it not to be like "Hey look at me sing this song I'm awesome" but more to show what Matt can do with film. Even something as simple as this. The kid is amazing.

Enjoy!




13 comments:

Amy said...

Agreed. Matt is awesome. The video is so great. Alex, your grandma will absolutely love this and I'm sure will watch it over and over again and it will surely lift her spirits. Don't apologize for the vocals, it adds a certain charm. You look so good singing and playing. Well done, guys.

Haley said...

Yeah I agree mom. That was really awesome. That was really sweet of you to do that for your Grandma, she will love it. Great job Matt on another success! I especially love the shots in black and white, the lighting and stuff was really cool.

Cat said...

Way cute.

Matt said...

Thanks guys. I agree, Alex's vocals aren't as bad as he thinks. There is something about the whole thing that makes you want to keep listening. You just keep singing your heart out Spoon.
I showed Spencer Petersen (Elizabethan Report) and he said and I quote: "That guy has a very endearing delivery"

Emily said...

He's got the "Aw shucks, Ma'am" cowboy thing working for him. I liked it and great job on the video Matt. So cute for your grandma, she'll love it.

Matt said...

Funny you said that Em. I said the exact same thing to Alex while I was editing! Without the Ma'am though, just Aw shucks in a cowboy drawl.

Emily said...

We both said it because we are right. The ma'am part is important though (and a slight tip of the hat, of course). But if your hands are occupied with some cowboy business, one can just nod the head. If you find yourself without the hat, the gesture of tipping your absent hat works (you'd need one free hand for this).

See how much I know about cowboys?

Emily said...

Can I just say--- punked and stepchild on afp. HA!

B said...

A giant WTB to stepchild!! And I love Alex's cowboyness. He is indeed the true version. He's not a hick. And Matt Wright rocks.

Alex said...

Aw shucks, you guys are gonna make me blush. Haha thanks everybody. Good times.

Poor lil stepchild.

Matt said...

HAHA! That made me laugh so hard Em. Yessss.

"But if your hands are occupied with some cowboy business, one can just nod the head."

It was very Jack Handey-esque to me. (and you gotta know that is a compliment)

Emily said...

It was late.

Pops said...

Good stuff boys and girls. I agree that there is a compelling nature to Spoons singing. He keeps making you want to hang-in-there and see what develops. And of course, as the B said, Matt rocks.