William Fitzsimmons was born the youngest child of two blind parents in the outskirts of the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Due to the family's inability to communicate through normal visual means, William's childhood home was filled with a myriad of sounds to replace what eyes could not see. The house was suffused with pianos, guitars, trombones, talking birds, classical records, family sing-a-longs, bedtime stories, and the bellowing of a pipe organ, which his father built into the house with his own hands. When his father's orchestral records were not resonating through the walls, his mother would educate him on the folk stylings of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel.
Josh Franer directed and shot this evocative music video that follows William's journey of forgiveness and learning to love one's self despite past mistakes and shame. Josh has a distinctive eye for finding beauty in the ordinary, and creating distinctive, highly visual music videos. He has earned considerable buzz for being one of the most promising new directors for short form content.
Music video for Mercer Street.
Video as seen on MTV and rollingstone.com
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