In search of 'anything beautiful' from anyone who has it 0
Beckon wants fans to share short video clips for the duo's Beautiful Life video.
The Owen Sound area singer/songwriters, Beth Hamilton and Connie Rossiter, are asking for video clips 10 seconds long showing your beautiful moments --a wedding, a child's first steps, and especially scenes from this area.
"It could be anything," said Hamilton. "Say you run a marathon and you cross the finish line. It could be riding a bicycle. It could be raindrops on a window pane, anything beautiful."
People can also use beach pebbles, building blocks, finger paints or anything else to spell out Beautiful Life somewhere interesting for the project.
"We're hoping that we get a lot of local footage, that would be very meaningful for us," Rossiter said.
It's the duo's first commercial video, and the song will be the first single released from their first CD. Plans are to film this month at Hamilton's teaching and music studio space in the Timothy Christian School Building.
They'll empty the old classroom and film a performance April 9 at the old upright piano, with plans also to shoot scenes at Sarawak Park if the weather suits that day.
The finished video will include clips of their own family and friends, a glimpse at their own beautiful life, along with the contributed clips.
To participate, just upload your short video clip, less than 20 seconds, by April 15 to Beckon's facebook page at www.facebook.com/beckonofficialor email the clip to email@example.com Clips should be less than 20 seconds. The video director will contact people whose clips are selected. Beckon received funding for both the CD project and the promotional video from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Record.
Written together for the EP they produced in time for last year's Summerfolk shows, Beautiful Life is one of 11 all original songs Hamilton and Rossiter are finishing up now in the studio for a CD release June 1. Also through the FACTOR funding, a 40-date tour around Ontario will follow over the next several months.
"It's been a long process and we've been going about 100 miles an hour" to complete the projects, Rossiter said recently. Both singers have day jobs to support "doing what we love," she said.
The duo's connection began several years ago in Orangeville, when Rossiter enrolled her son Gabriel in Hamilton's Kindermusik classes. Their friendship became a singing and songwriting and eventually a performing partnership, not long after Rossiter, from Kemble, moved back to the area, followed not long after by Hamilton, originally from Ajax.
"If we hadn't signed up for that Kindermusik class, none of this would have happened," Rossiter said. They quickly established a local following and connections with the Georgian Bay Folk Society, for a partnership hosting singer/songwriter workshop sharing sessions which they still run monthly at Hamilton's studio.
Both women said writing and sharing songs is where their shared interest began, with no plans then to perform and eventually produce a CD and video.
"We do approach the writing first," Hamilton said. "We didn't start doing this because we love being on stage and we wanted to be stars. We got into this because we love songwriting and then it blossomed into the performance part. That's why we perform our own songs. That's the essence of what we're doing. We're singer-songwriters."
During seven years writing and performing together, they said the songwriting partnership has grown and deepened in trust and respect, so they can now write honestly together, without fear.
"We really have this trust where our egos aren't in the way," Hamilton added. "It's positive and it's constructive and no feelings are every getting hurt, so we can just write the best music."
They also wrote several of the songs on the CD with co-writer Carrie DeMaeyer, introduced by their Juno-nominated record producer J. Richard Hutt, who has Cedar Tree Studios in Kitchener. You can hear the EP version of Beautiful Life on Beckon's web-site www.beckonofficial.comor download it from iTunes.