….most of us just dream about the things we’d like to be…

“Losing It” was released on Rush’s ninth studio album, Signals, in the fall of 1982. This album sounded amazing in 1982 and it remains one of my top five Rush albums. “Losing It” has always been one of my favorite tracks on the album, just a seriously beautiful song…..a gorgeous melody and truly beautiful lyrics by Neil….one of those tracks that, back in the day, I’d always have to lift the needle for a replay or three.

This is another one of those videos that I’d started so long ago, but just been sitting there unfinished…although I’d come close enough to give it a number in my video sequence at one time (#83..over a hundred videos ago!) It’s always difficult to go back into things that you started so long ago and make the video you’d originally started…usually I end up replacing most of the original stuff with different ideas and better footage. This one had some things I really liked and I just worked to exchange some of the 720p video for higher resolution 1080p clips. I liked some of the 720p stuff too much to exchange it for higher resolution, but I replaced most of the effects work with I’d done with the earlier 720p footage with new 1080p video…..added a few new effects and created some variations on those effects and it was done….basically the video I’d almost finished with a fresh coat of paint.

I’m doubly happy to have such an old video finished, and to have another Rush video (my 7th!) to share. I hope you enjoy the effort to this wonderful song.

As usual, HUGE THANKS! to everyone who’s art made this new art possible! THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]

The dancer slows her frantic pace
In pain and desperation,
Her aching limbs and downcast face
Aglow with perspiration

Stiff as wire, her lungs on fire,
With just the briefest pause
The flooding through her memory,
The echoes of old applause.

She limps across the floor
And closes her bedroom door…

The writer stares with glassy eyes
Defies the empty page
His beard is white, his face is lined

And streaked with tears of rage.

Thirty years ago, how the words would flow
With passion and precision,
But now his mind is dark and dulled
By sickness and indecision

And he stares out the kitchen door
Where the sun will rise no more…

Some are born to move the world
To live their fantasies
But most of us just dream about
The things we’d like to be
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it
For you, the blind who once could see
The bell tolls for thee…

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…like a watercolor in the rain.

God I love this song.

Year Of The Cat was the title track from Al Stewart’s seventh studio album which was released in the summer of 1976. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and engineered by Alan Parsons.

This song is very special to me….in my top 5 of all time. The songwriting, Al’s vocals, the guitar work is outstanding (Peter White plays the acoustic solo and Tim Renwick follows with the electric solo), Peter Wood’s piano was so important that he received a co-writing credit…..yeah it’s all top-notch work, but I think the thing that really made the song shine and made it such a stand-out classic was that gorgeous, melodic Phil Kenzie sax solo.

The cover design, by Hipgnosis and illustrator Colin Elgie, depicts a woman who has an apparent obsession with cats. She can be seen in the mirror dressing up as a cat for a costume party, and all of the items on her dresser have feline motifs. It’s always a treat to work on videos that feature some of that iconic Hipgnosis artwork…..I couldn’t begin to count the hours I spent scrutinizing some of the incredible Hipgnosis artwork as the record was spinning away on my turntable. I have some very interesting things in the pipe for you other Hipgnosis aficionados out there! Stay tuned.

This video represented a milestone for my….the 200th one I’ve created! Maybe 10 or so videos back I realized that I would be hitting 200 soon and started thinking about which song to give the spot. I had been working on a video of this song for over a year, and it was going nowhere slowly….then out of the blue, I stumbled across the amazing watercolor face and I knew I had my YOTC since my concept always focused on the line “like a watercolor in the rain” so I jumped in deep with that image and built the video up around it. It was a much simpler video earlier on, but it got wilder and wilder and I couldn’t resist adding more and more color and effects.

Special thanks to:
Annika Ritter Photography for her amazing watercolor that was the basis of my concept for the video
http://arfotografie.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/watercolor-portrait/

[Lyrics]
On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime

She comes out of the sun in a silk dress
running like a watercolour in the rain
Don’t bother asking for explanations

She’ll just tell you that she came
In the year of the cat

She doesn’t give you time for questions
As she locks up your arm in hers
And you follow
’till your sense of which direction
Completely disappears

By the blue tiled walls
near the market stalls
There’s a hidden door she leads you to

These days, she says,
I feel my life Just like a river running thru

The year of the cat

Well, she looks at you so cooly
And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea
She comes in incense and patchouli

So you take her, to find what’s waiting inside
The year of the cat

Well, morning comes and you’re still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you’ve thrown away the choice
and lost your ticket
So you have to stay on

But the drum-beat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the new-born day
You know sometime you’re bound to leave her
But for now you’re going to stay

In the year of the cat

Lots of alternate thumb variations….made a bunch for this one and though they were fairly similar there were things I liked about each of them that made it difficult to chose which one to use

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There is unrest in the forest………

Puttin’ up and oldie but goodie…..3 words RUSH.The.Trees!

From Rush’s sixth album Hemispheres, released in the fall of 1978….this is my video for “The Trees”.

Finally getting around to making my second video for a track from another one of my all time favorite bands, Rush. This song is one of several Rush tracks I’ve been playing around with…..hope to get some of the others out in the upcoming months…including what I hope will be a very cool “2112”. Have been kinda avoiding the epics up to this point (Cheap Trick’s “Gonna Raise Hell” was close though!)…..but this one came pretty easy and I was tempted to just take the elements created for “The Trees” and jump right into “Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres”….I might still, but hoping to do something from A Farewell To Kings next…..

All praises to the band and Hugh Syme for his art work….the elements I affectionately referred to as “Pointy”, “TopHat”, and “Brainy” when I was labeling masks and various video titles to work with!

Thanks to all for awesome trees! Including:
http://wil-028.deviantart.com/

Hope you dig it!

[Lyrics]

There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

The trouble with the maples,
(And they’re quite convinced the’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade.

There is trouble in the Forest,
And the Creatures all have fled,
As the Maples scream oppression,
And the Oaks just shake their heads.

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
“These oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light.”
Now there’s no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.

A whole bunch o’ screen captures for alternate thumbs.  I’ve gotten numerous requests for some clean screen captures from my videos so here are a few from this video…..so here ya go!

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