All video reviews are written by either Steve or Chrissie Sheppard, read the review below and simply click the link to take you to the video itself.
Caoineadh for Ukraine
There is no media quite like a music video to enhance a feeling, a sense and emotion, and on this new upload and release by Dave Mohan called Caoineadh for Ukraine, the artist captures each of those and much more.
Firstly we see an image that we can mostly all relate to, a small boy runs with a balsa wood plane and releases it perfectly as the music peaks and flies into the glowing embers of the sun, this shot is idyllic and a perfect depiction of both innocence and joy.
There are many proud aerial shots of this country and a normal city life, and the tale of the music and harmoniously respectful images are of something we all want, a peaceful life, free from tyranny and war, let us not forget politicians wage war for their own gain, us mere mortals have to die for their greed and lust for power.
One sublime shot I absolutely adored, was the distant storm towards the end of the video, wonderfully placed and with a good deal of intelligence, and of course a storm, one at this point yet to come but on the horizon, hovering with a dangerous intensity.
This was a beautiful film to watch, it is impossible not to be moved by it greatly, and Dave Mohan must be extremely proud of the finished product, an utterly sublime movie that is so very compelling and emotive and called Caoineadh for Ukraine.
Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/4MhnsDoYHFE
Love Made Them One
Heaven knows we certainly need a little more love in the world, and hopefully this new video by JC Rodriguez will do the trick. Here the artist, normally known for his more acoustic performances on guitar, picks up his axe and constructs some of the finest lead guitar of his career.
The video is set in a fair ground, the lights of flashing rides and images of fun times float across the screen, in shots that flow cleverly from one to the next, depicting two young lovers meeting, sharing smiles and a tender kiss along the way, something some of us can perhaps probably relate to!
The upward shot of the wheel was breath taking and gave that wondrous illusion of vastness, whilst Rodriguez and his chosen electric tool of a magical guitar, weaved licks from past energies of the late Gary Moore to the expansive and yet tightness of performances that would have been given to guitarists like Brian May of Queen.
Kudos to the accelerated speed shots towards the latter half of the video, bringing a real burst of intensity and fun into the proceedings, and in doing so allowing the mood and tempo of the film to increase without losing integrity, one which would eventually slow as we arrived at the parting shot, and we see the happy couple walk off hand in hand.
This video was enjoyable to watch for many reasons, let alone the stylish compositional structure of the video, the smart editing and crafted use of focus, and of course for one of the finest electric performances from the man himself, one J.C. Rodriguez.
Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/w4BIsgBMarM
Peace Begins With A Smile
Kluane Takhini ft James Hill
Chrissie & Steve Sheppard
An idyllic setting manifests the scene for the new video for Kluane Takhini and his single Peace Begins With a Smile, which features James Hill on Trumpet.
An empty beach with golden sands and the waves gently lapping at the shore, starts our peaceful journey of tranquillity, as the sea is the foundation of serenity and calm, and is referred to several times throughout the video.
A smile is the most disarming weapon you could ever wish to have, and the wonderful fade ins and outs of the happy faces of children, really bring a smile to your face as you watch. This extends to scenes of unpolluted happiness across the generations.
The music manifested an energy of lightness and purity, which were highlighted by the images that accompanied them on the video, and credit must be given to Steve Delorme for his work on this project.
Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/QtHCjrV9xw8
Chrissie & Steve Sheppard
Our journey with the artist begins at sunset, as the birds are making their journey home to roost; the angelic presence of the artist then appears in the sky. The artist remains centre stage as the clouds drift by, giving a three dimensional feel, credit to Ben Bagby here, this was a wonderfully important segment as the viewers focus would always remain cantered.
The music is all about finding peace and this is symbolised by the doves that fly through the scene, this is perfectly timed too and quite blissful to watch.
As we approach the half way mark, we move to a night setting, with beautiful scene of the moon and stars, as those stars begin to birth into existence, we move deeper into space, with an amazing shot of the beautiful globe that we live on, a treasured reminder of how beautiful our home is. The ambience of the moment leads into a wonderful crescendo, one that manifests a hair raising emotional segment.
As our journey comes towards its final conclusion, we travel between scenes of earth and space, leaving us with just one thing, a feeling of complete and utter peace.
Credit to Amy for her vocal arrangement and to Doug Hammer for the music and to all those involved in creating this wonderful video, you have certainly done the song proud and brought into existence something quite breath taking and artistic.
Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAvC2OrcZ-8
Why Can’t We Live Together?
Robert Slap ft Charles “Buddy Smith
Steve & Chrissie Sheppard
The one question many of us have is “why can’t we all just live together?” Here Robert Slap explores this question through the medium of the Timmy Thomas 1972 hit release “Why Can’t We Live Together?”
It could be said that the opening to the video with the falling petals, and the almost ancestral calling, was taking us back to the very basics of our humanity.
The Detroit based artists use that as a basis to get us underway, as they inspire us to make the world a better place through the music, as a group of young dancers move to the music, symbolising that it is the youth of this modern age that may will have to take this forward and somehow make it a reality in the months and years ahead.
There is an almost tribal vibe throughout the entire video, which seems to work so well, but it is the lyrics that really tell the story, they are so poignant is these times.
Kudos to Robert Slap for the creation of this superb video and to the artists who joined him in creating the music, Charles "Buddy" Smith (vocals), Audra Kubat (vocals) and Larry Minne (harmonica) and of course to Robert Slap (vocals & all instruments).
Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qTR5vaeAns