You and I have been together for the past 5 years so I wanted to record a video for you
but instead I recorded a song. About what is important to me, the artists I work with
and our BlackBoxTV.
Song Title: God Part III
Produced by: Jason Scardamalia
Vocals by: Tony E. Valenzuela
Strings Arranged and Performed By: Brandon Roberts
Video Direction and Concept by: Jarrett Sleeper
Filmed by: Bill Hunt
Make-Up by: Sara Seward
Projections Created by: Tony E. Valenzuela
Executive Producer: Jarrett Sleeper
God Part III is a continuation of God Pt. 2 - Written and Recorded by U2 in 1988 http://apple.co/1iVtdKc
A final thought, a few hours ago +Codi Passaro left this comment on the video you just watched:
"i don't believe in forced entry, i don't believe in rape BUT...."
Yeahhhh you don't put "but" at the end of a sentence like that buddy."
Here was my reply:
Agreed 1000%. Those lyrics specifically are from the original song that this one is based on. http://apple.co/1iVtdKc
I almost removed them but didn't because I feel like a lot of people these days are struggling with violence (and rape is a definitely a VIOLENT act.) To be dishonest about those impulses is to pretend they do not exist or plague some of us. There is also the lyric, "don't believe in the shotgun that just went off in my hand." I almost removed that as well except for the fact that it reminded me of all the shootings recently where the shooter killed himself afterwards. It's as if, after the act, the shooter finally, suddenly realized what he was doing and the damage he had caused to the people around him. The inability to believe even in the shotgun he just used, for me, is a metaphor for our current lack of willingness to take responsibility for the consequences of our actions, especially online where people spew all kinds of rhetoric with no acknowledgment of its potential destructive influence. It is scary to include lyrics so disturbing (but true) in a piece of art I've made but ultimately these words and this video reflect my own struggles with BlackBoxTV: a channel investigating horror, violence, and the human condition. So thank you, sincerely, for paying attention and starting a discussion. My belief is that love is the one thing that removes the option of violence from ANY situation and after years ruminating on and in the dark, I'm ready for the light. - Tony