Ooo do you still remember?
Through the flames I caught your stare
Ooo, starlight through trees
Skimming stones at waterfalls
Ooo, your silhouette
Music and Lyrics by
Lead and HarmonyVocals - Mark Greenawalt
BEHIND THE MUSIC:
This song is about a chance encounter in the Shenandoah mountains between two strangers at a camp fire party. It becomes a magical night by the waterfall under starlight. I wrote this song when I lived in Nashville, TN. It originally had different lyrics and was called "Leave A Message At The Tone", but those lyrics eventually sounded dated. I opted for a rewrite in 2019.
One interesting note about this song is that it was played live on stage at Douglas Corner in Nashville on the day that I wrote it. They have a band there that plays your song if you bring them the charts in the form of the Nashville Number System. I learned to be able to write my songs in that format and it served me well. I may still have a cassette recording around here somewhere of that first night.
While visiting family back east, I had the opportunity to go to Shenandoah State Park in Virginia to film the video for the song. I had planned to have an actress along to be in some of the scenes, but ended up going alone on a very, very cold autumn day. I brought the remote controlled camera dolly along with me and went to Home Depot to buy some conduit to make a rail for it to run on. It was so cold and, try as I might to get that to work smoothly, I soon gave up and opted for mostly static shots. I didn't bring a tripod so the camera was sitting on picnic tables, retaining walls, whatever I could find. I brought my new chromatic harmonica to add to the lip-synch fun, but it was actually a blues harp that I actually played in the studio. I did get some awesome footage of the changing leaves, especially the shots driving along the ridge with the camera resting on the dash. I knew I didn't get enough performance shots for the video so the following day I set up some shots by Licking Creek in Big Pool, Maryland. I did get the dolly to work...for the most part...watch the video to the end to see where my camera took a nose dive towards the river.
I didn't edit the video right away when I got home. Several weeks later the leaves where finally changing here in Arizona. I asked my son Zane to come out to my front yard and film me playing the acoustic guitar in front of a tree. I stood on a step stool and he had the tripod mounted low to the ground looking up. I edited the clips together using Premiere and then uploaded the video to YouTube.
UPC - 099451717728
Original tracks recorded on Digidesign Session 8 software in Nashville: Epiphone 12-string acoustic, Jackson bass, and Ludwig drums.
Official Music Video - Produced, directed, filmed, and edited by Mark Greenawalt using a Canon 5Dmiii and Premier. Additional camera operator Zane Greenawalt on guitar scenes.