Amanda Shires: A Movie & Some Songs
“Do you know how much they charge for a trained bird, a fish submarine, and a dragon? But seriously, I had been thinking about how to make the video — really — how was I gonna put the song out in a visual way? It was a serendipitous spark of an idea. You can do whatever you want in animation. Animation answered all the questions and solved all of the problems of how to best represent this song visually.
“It was random how I thought of Cory. I think I was eating goldfish crackers and a light bulb went off above my head. I looked up and the light bulb was Cory.
“I don’t know how synapses fire. All I know is that I admire Cory’s work. I felt really strongly that he would be the person to capture the song without it being soft.
“We didn’t talk much about it. I think an artist’s vision is the way to go. I said a few things about darkness and hope, and about the bird, and how I thought the song would tell him where to go. I feel like that’s exactly what happened. There are contrasting elements of innocence and darkness in both his and my work. That’s the thing that drew me to call on him. We are kind of ‘samey’ in the melancholy department.
“I saw little bits and pieces of the work he was doing as we went but not much.
“When it was finished, I felt relieved for both Cory and myself. He spent many hours on it. It’s like making a lemon souffle with raspberry sauce: The whole time it’s cooking you are just thinking maybe I should’ve stuck with regular cupcakes. And then you are ecstatic at the end when there’s no kitchen fire and it tastes great.”
Free 3 Song Concert Download Here: Daytrotter/Amanda Shires
Bonus Vid “The Reason” by Yellowbirds: