Shot in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and in Tennessee, Rebecca Frazier’s ‘Better than Staying’ video evokes old-time imagery to convey a story of family restlessness and motherhood. Videographer Alison Goedde captures the spirit of Frazier’s original song with natural lighting , brilliant scenery, and a host of supporting actors, highlighting the joys and sorrows of the song’s emotional message.
FROM THE ARTIST:
The idea for this song came to me as I was strolling my restless toddler son through Shelby Park in East Nashville. I brought the verses and melody to John Frazier, who quickly polished the lyrics and had the beautiful idea to begin with one simple chord and change the chords with more complex re-harmonizations as the song progresses.
I’ve cherished this song, because of the way it carries a simple old-time melody throughout a circle-of-life theme. Now that I’m a mother, I have the perspective to understand the restlessness around me—everyone leaves mother throughout her life. And, of course, mother will leave, too.
For more information about Rebecca Frazier and her album ‘When We Fall,’ visit www.rebeccafrazier.com.
Better Than Staying—AUDIO TRACK
Written by Rebecca & John Frazier
Co-Produced by Brent Truitt and Rebecca Frazier
Guitar & Vocal-Rebecca Frazier
Background Vocal-Shelby Means
Recorded at the Cave by Brent Truitt
Mastered by Bill Wolf
Better than Staying—VIDEO CREDITS
Video by: Gravel Road Picture Show gravelroadpictureshow.com Director: Alison Goedde
Actors (in order of appearance)
Verse 5 mother (hands)—Norma Lowe
Verse 5 daughter (hands)—Cass Hickman
It took a village of beautiful, generous people to create this 3 minute video. I’d like to thank the following:
-Thanks to the beautiful actors for their time, care, and talent
-Thanks Stuart Moffett and Julian & Ellen Moffett for hosting us at Annandale Farm
-Thanks Jimmie Garrison/Dave & Shari Moore for hosting us at Percy Priest
Props & Costume:
-Thanks to Ann Waddey for the antique child’s dress
-Thanks to Cori Anne Laemmel for the antique dress (sister)
-Thanks to Dixie Hoggan for the antique photo albums
-Thanks to Bill Widhelm for the vintage banjolin
-Thanks to Micha Kling Vintage for the suitcases, gloves, and antique props (Gaslamp Too Antique Mall, Booth T195)
-Thanks to Jaiya Windell for Katie’s makeup
-Thanks to Cassie O’Sullivan for eyelashes
-Thanks to Norma Lowe for helping with the children on location in Tennessee
-Thanks to Dixie & Cam Hoggan for helping and feeding us on location in Virginia
-Thanks to Janine LeClair, Julie & John Pennell, Ashleigh Caudill, Micha Kling & Julia Arnold for their time and feedback during the editing process