Olga Moritz of Full Circle Healing Arts posed these interesting questions after previewing my Sunscreen Song Tribute the night before the release. I hesitated on answering the questions immediately, thinking interviews were something more akin to celebrities, but after a number of readers asked me similar questions, I thought I’d share it with everyone.
What was your intention with regard to your first 7-minute inspirational dance/video montage (videodancescape)?
I wanted to do something really free and fun, with the side effect of showing people what’s possible. It’s crazy how it came together. I really liked The “Sunscreen Song” (Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen), so I flirted with the idea of syncing some adventure clips to it while I was on the road last May. The more I imagined it, the more it started to materialize.
At first, I jokingly filmed some silly scenes of myself goofing around in different landscapes. Not long after, I found myself filming little dance scenes while thinking of the “Dance!” part of “The Sunscreen Song” while traveling. And then, I really started filming specific scenes when I drove across the country in October. It really came together in December when I was editing. As I reviewed unwatched travel footage, many random scenes just popped up and inadvertently fit the song. I have an article lined up on the power of intention in relation to that.
I also didn’t remember what the original video for the song looked like. I didn’t watch it so that I would come up with something entirely original and based on my own experiences. By the way, I love that word – videodancescape. It’s very image provoking. It actually gives me an idea, which I’m writing down right now.
How much fun was it to be in total creative control of the piece?
Amazing. When I look back at the freedom to work on something that has no commercial purpose, I can understand why actors leave high paying TV contracts to return to the theatre. Prior to the video, creatively, I felt I was at a standstill. One of the many coats I wear that few people know about is that I’m also a fine artist. However, recently, I’ve had many unfinished and uninspired paintings and felt my creativity was at a standstill.