Let me officially introduce you to my song “Life and Death Can’t Change That” from my soon to be new album The Invisible Record. This song has been a staple of my live show for awhile but aside from a rare bedroom demo from my Portland days, it’s never seen the light of a proper release. So
I combed through a pile of amazing old film footage that fell into the public domain for my DIY Collage video for the song. I really love making these sort of videos, looking for those moments when you take something completely out of it’s original context and re frame it. The couple in the first clip was filmed by Thomas Edison himself in what is believed to be the very first kiss caught on film! I adore this footage, it’s rare to see this sort of infatuation between two people from that era where most photos are so stoic looking.
The rest of the footage comes from some great b-movies I sliced and diced to fit the vibe. I tried to strike a good balance between genuine affection, a little creepiness and a bit of camp for good measure. What ever the case these folks really new how to party (dead or alive) they make me feel like a real wall flower in comparison. You can grab a download for this song in my shop. Go get it and if you would really like to see me do the jitterbug you can preorder the hand made edition of my new album. ; ) Thank you as always for being a part of my world and supporting the things I love to do most.
Footage for the Collage video comes from the wonderful Archive.org
“Public kissing was greatly frowned upon during the uptight Victorian era, when this scene was produced in Thomas Edison's new glass-topped studio in New York City. As a result, the movie was banned in most areas (which of course, only made it more popular).” - go to brainpickings.org for a great post on this film.