Saturday, December 24, 2016

HEART - These Dreams with Lyrics

6:20 AM
"These Dreams" by Heart is the 33rd music video I've created so far. As I learn more and more about how to create and build these videos, this one is most definitely hands down my best work to date. (IMO). I really enjoyed building this video. It's not often that I can creatively step outside the box without it appearing that I was on some kind of weird drug. In this case, the "strange and bizarre" works very well with this song.
"These Dreams", released in January 1986 was a much different style of music for the hard rockin' sister duo of Ann and Nancy Wilson. This power ballad written by Bernie Taupin (Elton John's lyricist), and co writer Martin Page ("We Built This City" Starship), was first offered to Stevie Nicks who turned it down. Heart took 
the song, and it became their first #1 hit, spawning two more successful power ballads for the band "Alone" and "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You".


Ann typically handled lead vocals, but when they heard the demo the group thought it suited Nancy's voice. Nancy had a nasty cold when she first recorded her vocals, but their producer Ron Nevison liked some of the raspiness. When Nancy was feeling better, they recorded more takes in her healthy voice, with Nancy doing her best to re-create the raspy parts Nevison liked.
Hope you all enjoy it.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Journey - Don't Stop Believin' - Live

"Don't Stop Believin') was not Journey's  biggest hit (that would be "Open Arms"), but it is by far their most famous one, this track has a unique structure, which helps it stick in your mind.
"Don't Stop Believin' is a classic rock power ballad "ANTHEM",  It contains one of the best opening keyboard riffs in classic rock, creeping from near serenity to an arena rock extravagance in under four minutes. Originally released in October 1981, the second single from the famed "Escape" album with Steve Perry as Lead singer for Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'" reached the number nine spot in November of 1981. The song was rereleased in June 2008 on the "Revelation" album with current lead singer Arnel Pineda. "Don't Stop Believin" is one of the top-selling catalog tracks in digital history.

The version I used in this video is from Journey's 2009 two-disc set "Live In Manila" featuring the current band member line up,  Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, and Deen Castronovo, since the Escape version of the song has been done to death.

I created this video in a very unique way, building the first half of the video from scratch as a concept video, visually relaying the lyrics, then switched to live footage of the Manila concert at the chorus of the song, for a now 7 minute version. Hope you all enjoy it. One thing's for certain; you won't find another "Don't Stop Believin'" video quite like it.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Journey - The Eyes Of A Woman with lyrics

"The Eyes Of A Woman" by Journey was one of the first videos I created when I first started doing this. I built the first one using still images because I really didn't know where or how to find footage, and didn't know how to cut and edit it if I did. So the video was not very good, as the less than 60 views currently shows. I really like this song and now that I am a little bit better at creating these videos, I decided to build it again. This one came out much better than the first one. I used motion footage for this which makes for a better video to begin with. But now it's also synced dead on balls perfect with the lyrics. The sound quality is much better at 5.0/4.9 (9.9dB) which is about as perfect as I can get it for this particular song.  And I custom made the beginning and ending thumbnails that are really cool. MUCH better video now. VERY sexy, yet appropriate for all viewers. Hope you all enjoy it

Friday, December 2, 2016

Def Leppard - Too Late For Love w/Lyrics

Def Leppard is one of the more popular bands of the 80's and has several hit power ballads recorded, and I eventually will build videos for many Def Leppard songs. "Too Late For Love" just happens to be one of my favorites, even though I really don't know for sure what it's about. In my research, the best I could find was an interview Greg Prato of Songfacts had with Joe Elliott. When asked about "Too Late For Love", Elliott only commented, "It's a brilliant piece of arrangement, it's a good bit of writing, it's a great lyric, it's a brilliant piece of music." "By the time we went back to Europe to do the end of the world tour, they decided they wanted to go to radio with "Too Late for Love," but we weren't really in any kind of a position to make a video for it. Plus, there was this feeling amongst us like, "It's a fourth single, but it's just being put out there for the sake of it. It's only being released because of the success of the first three." He never mentions anywhere that I can find what the song is actually about. 

But since there was never a video for "Too Late For Love" ever built, other than live performance footage. This was an easy choice for me to take a crack at it. I created this video merely based on the lyrics as lateral, and built it as a Medieval times Victorian story of betrayal and infidelity of a virgin princess that was to become Queen, after being betrayed, she renounces her crown and departs. A new princess is chosen to take her place, but is beheaded for having a child from the brother of the prince. In the end the rightful princess is returned to take her place on the throne as a Queen without a King. It's the best I could come up with for only a 3 minute and 30 second song. Hope you all enjoy it. 
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