Category Archives: Music Video

Videos made for music, from music, and set to music. It if tickles my fancy or chaps my aspirations… I may put it in here.

Just a Moment

It seems that we’re increasingly obsessed with capturing the moment, preserving the moment,  recording the moment…

Here’s an idea though.

Could we simply pause to relish the moment?

The opening shots of the video tell us that most of the visual activity happened in 4.2 seconds. That truly is amazing.

We think it’s also okay to be amazed by the moment.

Another source of amazement that constantly inspires us is that breed of filmmakers who repeatedly set out to make a short film in just 48 hours. These are the participants in the 48 Hour Film Project.

The competition will be celebrating its 15th year in San Francisco, and its 10th year in San Jose during 2017.

You can meet some of the filmmakers and organizers who make it happen on Dec 10th at the Octopus Literary Society in Oakland where a mixer will spring up at 3:30pm.

Sometimes a Small Voice

In a world of big production values, loud vitriolic debates, and self-indulgent superstars – can something like this make a difference?

We’re still drying our eyes over here. (And then the song loops and our Kleenex supply dwindles further.)

Maati Baani’s channel has more. We recommend it and encourage you to subscribe and give a big thumbs up to the videos you like.

Don’t forget to save the dates for the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project screenings on the weekend of Sept 10 and 11. Over three dozen filmmakers put together short films to entertain premiere audiences and you can be there to see it. Details are on their website.

Cool Music

Two things that should be guaranteed to cross political and cultural boundaries, music and nature, come together in this moving piece.

We’re inspired by both the raw beauty of the setting, and the calm mastery of the performance. Hope you’ll like it too.

Everyone has a story to tell, and we all go about telling it in different ways.

If your way of telling your stories is through film and video, you may want to take advantage of the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project coming up soon. Registration is still in the Early Bird phase, so if you want to get started with team building right away, you can save a few bucks.

We’ll have more to say about it as it draws closer.

Deux ex Musica

We’ve long been delighted and intrigued by the fanciful music machines contrived for the Animusic series. Even decades after the premiere of that video series, the virtual devices that appeared to make music with their gears and pulleys continues to entertain us.

Now there’s a “living breathing” example of such a machine. Take a look!

We stand in awe, and will most certainly annoy many of those around us by replaying this video over and over for the next few weeks.

Force of Nature

We try to focus on indiefilm and indiemusic here, but sometimes, we just see something delicious that we have to share.

Other times, it’s like this music video. We loved it the first time we saw it, and we still love watching it. Isn’t that how music videos are supposed to be?

We’re kind of hoping that with the emergence of new audience platforms (like Vevo and YouTube Red) for music videos, we’ll continue to see good ones produced.

Travel in Time

In the 1970s, no one really knew what would happen to Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. They were just hard working and talented musicians in a time and place that was amenable to their dreams.

This rare video contains a performance that looks like just about any other ordinary backyard barbeque somewhere in Texas. For fans of either, this is a wonderful glimpse of two young future stars.

The next time your party or barbeque is graced with a live musical performance, maybe you’ll look at the stage and imagine something great for the folks standing there.

Certainly, every time people perform music live for you to hear, it’s an amazing gift. Thank them properly.