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Published on Mar 7, 2012
This cover is a VideoSong, a new medium with 2 rules: 1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice). 2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).
In this short film, Jacob takes 'Pony', an elegaic Tom Waits song, and re-animates it with striking visuals and layered guitars in a variety of location shoots around Ontario, Canada. In each scene and performance, the team was going for compelling video, but they also managed to get pristine audio---so every shot you see is also a live recording of that guitar part or vocal track. In fact, the whole song was captured live on location(s), in what is surely one of the first 'video songs' of its kind.
Technical details aside, the song itself has enough admirable merits to recommend it to any music lover. Composed by Waits 20 years ago, it tells the story of a drifter who is recounting his life of adventure on the road and yearning, at the same time, to finally come to rest and find 'home'.
In the final minutes of the song, there is a reverie that takes over, a musical dream sequence, as the song seamlessly transitions into 'His Eye is on the Sparrow'. Just as the longing for 'heaven and home' is real for the drifter in all of us, so this song is the perfect coda to this character's homeward journey.
Direction: Hank Devos and Tim Abraham Production: Tim Abraham Engineering: Tim Abraham Cinematography: Hank Devos Video Editing and Post-Production: Hank Devos Assistant Engineer: Malin Johnson