Directed and Filmed by John Metcalf Audio by Billy Burke
We love performing with a full band. With this last Graylings Session we stepped up the production for our song Paisley Dress. We were lucky to work with the "A-Team" of musicians. The beautiful part of playing with great musicians is how they bring out a new character of a song. It's like watching your lover put on a sexy dress (Paisley pattern for continuity) and you think "damn, that is good looking."
[Zach] - The art of sleep evades me. So I went to the doctor for some help - I turn down his sleeping pills and he offers an alternative. He hands me a pair of sunglasses that blink red and blue lights. "Wear these before you go to bed," he said " they will help your brain activate Delta Waves." I give the doc a duck-face... he explains further - "Your brain enters different frequency waves during sleep and you are having trouble getting into Delta brain waves" - this is the medical way of saying "you're still afraid of the dark." SO, I give it a try. I crawl in bed with my Delta Shades on. I start to imagine the desert and I am laying on warm sandstone staring at the turquoise sky through these glasses. The sun falls on my skin and I wait for rest to cover me. I find some sleep and a love song.
My best friend recently told me that he and his wife are having a baby. He sent me an audio file of the babies heart beat after their last visit to the doctor. I was filled with wonder listening to what sounded like a train under water or the panting of a dog and realizing this was human struggling to be born. In the beating of the heart, I began hearing tones and a definite phrase - so as a musician I started to put instruments to what I was hearing. I know it sounds "over the top" but I felt like there was a composition that existed in the heart beat; I was just hearing it and putting instruments to what heard. I wonder if this child will hear this one day and feel a connection.
The Graylings Session is a collaboration with film director John Metcalf and engineer Billy Burke to produce live music videos of songs that will be on the forthcoming album of Zach + Bridget. Over the next few months we thought it would be interesting to share the bare skeleton of these songs before they go through the many machines and re-writes that happen in recording. We shared a rough cut of this first one back in May but this is the finished video // Graylings Session #1 "Pale Moonlight"