With great pleasure and amazement, I am happy to premiere my new music video “TRAIN”, to celebrate the opening of the revival of “On the 20th Century” on Broadway. It is wonderful to see the musical revived and it has brought back so many beautiful memories.
Through the magic of the Internet, YouTube and Movie Maker, I was able to create a new video using many different versions of available footage and new still photos from “Session avec le célèbre photographe à Malibu”.
When I recorded “Life Is Like A Train”, a miracle in itself, I was working from LA with arranger Jon Gordon in New York. The lead vocals were recorded at Cody Gillette's OZmosis Records in Los Angeles and the background vocals recorded in New York. After a raucous session in Venice, the stems were sent back to New York for mixing and mastering. The song was released on 8/13/13 and is popular on Internet Radio, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and CDBaby.
I always dreamed of a music video for the song and initially wanted to film at Travel Town in Griffith Park where they house a bevy of old locomotives. My initial idea was to sing and dance among the trains and eventually have a flash mob join in with the crowd growing and growing, until all you could see was people dancing to TRAIN.
As the opening of the revival approached, I was anxious to start filming and sync up with the opening of the revival on Broadway, but how on earth was I going to film all that?
I started messing around with the footage using YouTube Editor and though it was clunky and tedious and crashed a lot, I persevered and created a scratch version of the footage and then transferred the file over to Movie Maker where I was able to load the “Life Is Like A Train” soundtrack. What happened next was awesome and astounding. The footage and the song blended together, almost as though every move had been choreographed specifically for the video. I was amazed! Here I was singing and dancing again with all those beautiful people from the original cast, then we get Madeline Kahn, Imogene Coca, John Cullum, Kevin Kline and Judy Kaye. It was really beautiful.
On Friday the 13th, 2015, On the 20th Century opened for previews on Broadway, during an arctic chill in New York City. That same day I released my new Blog, “On the 20th Century Revival” OMG The Four Porters are White”. It seemed appropriate that it was Black history month and I did a lot of research about the real Porters of the thirties and became emotionally involved and moved by their history and their stories. I felt more proud than ever that I had an opportunity to portray a Porter on Broadway in a then first ever “million dollar musical”. It wasn’t just a part, I was representing Black men who had worked on the Railroad and were proud of the jobs and the lifestyle it afforded them.
I know that some people probably didn’t want to hear anything about race, because there has been so much racial tension in the country and world, but I thought what better way to make a positive statement, to talk about history, to talk about the past and to see where we are in the present in terms of racial issues. Though serious about being surprised about the Porters not all being black, the piece was meant as a comedic look at ourselves through the lens of musical theater, which sets trends across the world.
Then on Sunday, February 22, while watching the Oscars telecast, it occurred to me that I didn’t need to film any footage at all. I already had the photos that would blend into the period style of the video while evoking current pop/dance images. Back to the editing console!
When I started inserting the photos into the existing video, I got a feeling that this is really going to work! There is so much singing and dancing, that the still clips brought contrast and made the video current while accenting the colors and style of the period. I was ecstatic. It was as if these images had all been waiting to come together in a musical collage to create this wonderful new Music Video, “TRAIN”.
And SO, I give you “TRAIN”, the Official Music Video of Joseph Wise “Life Is Like A Train”. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it! And indeed, Life is……”Like A Train!
The Official Opening night for “On the Twentieth Century” has been pushed up two days to March 15, 2015, due to one of the stars being out for a week. I had planned to release the video the day after the opening but I continue on with premiering TRAIN on Friday, March the 13th, 2015, as planned. The song “Life Is Like A Train” was released on 8/13/13.
When I heard that Robin Williams was starring in the movie "Boulevard" it was so exciting to also be recording a new song I wrote based on the screenplay. Now that Robin has left us, "On the Boulevard" takes on new meaning. Carpe Diem!
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