The "Born In The Desert" music video premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23rd on GroundSounds.com. Here's the story behind the video....
Last January, a team of 12 people took an 1860’s piano, an antique clawfoot bathtub, a drone, 50 gallons of water, a pressure washer, and two golden retrievers into the middle of the Southern Utah desert to shoot a music video.
The first thing you should know is that the Utah desert in January is brutally cold, even during the day. Although the temperature was in the 20s, I had my heart set on emerging from a clawfoot tub filled with black water. So first, we had to figure out how to get a several-hundred pound tub and 30 gallons of water into the middle of the desert. Director Bryce Johnson just happened to have a giant water storage barrel. My parents happened to have a Jeep and a trailer. Next, we had to figure out how to make the water warm enough that I wouldn’t get hypothermia. Our first evening of filming, we lit a small fire under the tub and used hot coals to heat the water. It worked… sort of. I was still hypothermic by the time we wrapped for the night.
The next day, we ventured into a slot canyon, where the sandstone cliffs create a chasm so narrow that you literally have to squeeze through the tight sections. Not recommended for claustrophobes. If you are lucky enough to be in a slot canyon at exactly the right time of day, a single godlike beam of sunlight will stream down to the bottom of the canyon, and the effect is magical. Luck was on our side, and our timing was perfect for capturing the glorious slot canyon light.
One of the reasons I love working with Bryce is that he is a genius with creative problem solving. I told him that I wanted to make it rain, in the desert, at night, and he presented a water storage tank, a pressure washer, and lights. So we made it rain, epically, and again I became mildly hypothermic.
For our last day of filming, we returned to the mesa with the piano and the tub. This time, I was adamant that the tub water be warm. We lit a giant bonfire under the tub and stoked the coals until the water was hot. It was fantastic! I doubt there was ever a hot tub with a more majestic view.
The whole experience of shooting this video was incredible, even when I was on the verge of freezing to death. I couldn’t help but think how extraordinarily fortunate I am to live near such an awe-inspiring location. I’m more fortunate still to have a team of such talented people who not only braved the freezing weather, hiked through slots, and hauled a tub and piano, but they did it with such enthusiasm! Words cannot express my gratitude for the people who made this video happen, including my Kickstarter backers, who made this whole adventure possible.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the golden retrievers, one of them was lying in the shade behind the piano while we were filming. The other one decided that the soapy black tub water was delicious.