Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Day at the Beach

This is what we do. Go up to Meaford, Ontario and play a couple of shows at the Funny Farm at this year's Electric Eclectics festival. We extend the weekend an extra night and camp at nearby Sauble Beach to try to avoid the busy holiday traffic. The blast of wind on the beach is cold. And we're sitting on our camping chairs when Tammy picks up the ukulele and finds the chords to one of our favourite songs by Coldplay.

This is what I do. I pick up the digital still camera and switch it to video mode and start filming Tammy. I film one whole take and I remember that all my gear is just inside the parked van only a few feet away from the beach. Why not try to make an Instant Video? Now. Anyway, it's due time.

We've decided to not put too much pressure on ourselves. But I continue to bring video gear around. And Tammy has the ukulele. Then, something truly spontaneous could emerge. This is what we can do. 21st century style, we can beam up this home movie from any café in the world with a WiFi.

Be prepared. Something of the Boy Scout in me. To have the tools at the ready to document my Real Life. Opportunity + Preparedness = Success! Tammy quickly etches the chords to the song in the sand... It's happening right now. It's a simple day at the beach. This is what we do.

With dismay, we realize later that we forgot to include our requisite heart. But the video playback reveals a droplet of water from Lake Huron. It apparently splashed on the lens on the upper right-hand side of the frame. And the droplet of water is heart-shaped!



Low
by Coldplay

You see the world in black and white
No colour or light
You think you'll never get it right
But you know you might

The sky could fall could fall on me
The parting of the seas
But you mean more, mean more to me
Than any color I can see

All you ever wanted was love
But you never looked hard enough
It's never gonna give itself up
All you ever wanted to be
Living in perfect symmetry
Nothing is as down or as up... as us

You see the world in black and white
Not painted right
You see no meaning to your life
Yes, you try
Yes, you try

And all you ever wanted it was love
But you never looked hard enough
It's never gonna give itself up

All you ever wanted to be
Living in perfect symmetry
Nothing is as down or as up

Don't you want to see it come soon
Floating in a big white balloon
Oh, given your own silver spoon

Don't you want to see it come down
There for throwing your arms around
an sayin "you're a moment too soon"

Cause I feel low
Cause I feel low
Oh oh oh oh oh
Yeah I feel low
Oh no

Ohh

Ohh
Cause I feel low
Ahh
Cause i feel low
Oh oh oh oh oh
Yeah I feel low
Oh no

Ohh

1 Comments:

Anonymous Mike Lawton said...

I found your video last night on youtube and I just wanted to say how moved I was by it. I love the song, and the video was superb. Hearing it on Uke really struck me. Thanks so much, keep up the great work. Peace.

Mike

November 13, 2009 at 9:26 AM  

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