Song written by Kyle Carey - www.kylannecarey.com
Video Crew -
DP & Editor - Dan Kennedy
Assistant DP - Brennan Gassek
Director - Adrian Garber
Makeup - Caitlin Murphy
Costume Design - Suzy Kjellberg
Seamstress - Emily Clegg
Male Lead - Paul James Pouthier
Lady in Black - Adrian Garber
Ladies in White - Larkin Kjellberg, Bryn Fayle, Sage Paterson, Etta Wobber, Willow & Raven Strother, Kelsey Dickey, Rachel Sorlien
Special thanks to James Hofacker, Ashley Bullard, Suzy Kjellberg & Adrian Garber
Recording Credits -
Guitar - Ben Walker
Bass - Chico Huff
Cello - Natalie Haas
Fiddle - Katie McNally
Harmonium - Catriona McKay
Producer - Seamus Egan
Recording Engineer - Kevin Burleigh/Gorbals Sound Studio
Mixed by John Anthony/Mastered by John Baker/Philadelphia Post Audio
I wrote ‘Let Them Be All Reprise’ when I was still in college. I’d been listening to a good deal of Gillian Welch at the time, and I fell in love particularly with ‘Bright Morning Stars’ – with how she’d managed to write a new song that sounded old and timeless.
I was working at the admissions office of my college the summer after my junior year, and one afternoon I started humming a melody while filing applications. The words came soon after. The song is addressed to the mothers of men whose lives were once given in sacrifice of exploration, war and industry.
The director of the video, Adrian Garber, helped develop a storyline that symbolically fits the essence of the words. I’ve been heavily influenced musically, like so many others, by the film ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ and ‘Let Them Be All Reprise’ reminded me a bit of the traditional American hymn ‘Down to the River’ which is featured on the soundtrack of the film, and I also cover on my new album ‘North Star’ – albeit in Scottish Gaelic.
I came to Adrian with a handful of vague concepts (white dresses, a church, lanterns, a river) from which she developed a more macabre and compelling approach. On a symbolic level—each of the colors represents our grooms fate—which he is being bound or tied to.
The red for ‘foot soldiers’, the black for ‘coal miners’ and the grey for ‘ship captains’. When he comes up washed clean in the end, he is being born into the world with his fate already decided. And those who have been instrumental in that decision – the divine beings if you will – are gone.