On this dreary & cold, foggy day - I thought that this video would be the perfect fit. Michele Alexander from Hollywood Records called me with the brilliant idea of doing 'Open Air Sessions'. Prior to this call, all live studio sessions took place, well, live-IN-studio. I have shot 1,000 of them and making them unique is an art in itself... Shooting them outside would solve our conundrum. There was only one issue, weather, and boy did we roll the dice.
The day of the shoot, I left early in the darkness of morning. It was pouring down rain and frigidly cold for Southern California. As the morning dragged on, the sun refused to wake up. It stayed dark until almost 9 AM and continued to pour. I arrived on set, put on my rain shell & headed towards the sea of pop-up tents. We set up in the rain, rehearsed in the rain, re-set in the rain, & I even had a designated PA on Vintage Amp Lifeguarding Duty. Ethan, Pete & Samantha were incredibly patient throughout the day which made it all OK. in total, we had about 55 minutes of dry-enough conditions to get 4 performances in the can. All of them have a unique look because of time-of-day and/or quality-of-conditions. This was definitely one of the riskier productions I have helmed, but man, risk looks REAL GOOD when it all comes together.
We shook our heads in abundance that day, but never lost hope or our smiles. I found myself saying, 'It is what it is' many times, but if you keep an open mind, you can really turn that phrase into a global positive. It also helps to have an A+ team that believes in the IIWII Doctrine. My dearest thanks to Randy & Steven at Fictitious, Bradley 'Cock-a-Doodle Doo' Wilder, Woodbridge Dave, Michele, & the boys & girl of OPS, a band with enormous talent that flows like Niagara Falls in springtime.
MORE from these Sessions below!