When we sat down to discuss possible concepts for the video I remember being struck with Mike’s demeanor after asking him what his album was about. He said it was a very personal album; a confessional or diary of sorts created for the day when his son wanted to get to know the kind of man his father is. I asked “why the focus on making an album and film to pass on to your son who you are raising now, today, in the moment? Don’t you think he will know you by then?” He went on to explain that his father had died when he was a kid and that he really didn’t know him.
Suddenly our conversation had a whole new context…
Coincidentally, I have a son on the way myself so I’ve been thinking about the kind of father I hope to be. The more we spoke the more I started to get a glimpse of what it must have been like growing up with the mystery of not really knowing your father. It seemed to me that Mike was wanting to give to his son something he didn’t have: a song from his father. It’s amazingly beautiful and very human that he would want to make sure his son didn’t have to face the same pain of not knowing his father. As we spoke more about the concept we came to the realization the most cathartic way to finally put to rest those feelings of wanting to know your dad is to become a dad and be the change you want to see: be the dad to your son that you wanted for yourself.
I’m grateful to have had the chance to work on this incredibly personal film with you Mike. Big thanks to @mcgarigal 🎥 @martinwinthrop 🎬 @shama_llama_ding 💪 @bostoncinemachine 🚁 @robtrela ✂️
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