Live Music Video. This performance was recorded entirely live in front of an audience at The Box Theater, August 25, 2013
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Produced by Community Music and AFOG Productions. Directed and Edited by Alexander Ebert. Cinematography by Hunter R. Baker. Coloring by Stuck On On. Thanks to all who participated. Special thanks to the audience.
Life is beauty through and through
Life is sunny, life is cool
Life is even easy too
But if my word is to be true
Life is something to behold
But if the truth is to be told
Let us not leave out any part
Do not fear, it's safe to say it here
You will not be called a weakling
Nor a fraud
For feeling the pain of the whole wide world
You want to help but can't help the feeling you cannot
And it's killing you while you're just trying to smile from your heart
So go on, say it, on the same knees you're praying
Yes, life is hard
Life is hard
Come celebrate Life is hard
All life is all we are
Celebrate it in the sun
Promenade it with everyone
Elevate it in a song
And I'll be there to play it, don't get me wrong
When I feel like dying and being gone
When life is hard
There's just one thing, let's not forget
Yes! Life is it!
Life is it, life is it, it's where it's at
It's getting skinny, getting fat
It's falling deep into a love,
It's getting crushed just like abut
Life there's no love, it's getting beat into the ground
It's getting lost and getting found,
To growing up and getting round
It's feeling silence, feeling sound
It's feeling lonely, feeling full
It's feeling oh so beautiful!
All life is all we are
Two major inspirations for this video exist - One was to, in a visually controlled, poignant, and real way, exhibit and record ourselves live - the performance is entirely live. The other was to respond to the pop music industry of the last 20 or more years, in which performance music videos are nearly always a suped-up, lip-synced karaoke, and a major contributor to that which is flimsy and feigned about pop music today.
To me we are primarily a live band - the albums are there to hold you over until we get to your neighborhood. So once the idea finally came to do a full-blown performance video in which we actually played and recorded everything live, I was set on it. We happened to have a few days off in NYC after a tour in Europe, and, with a lot of help from very talented people, we were able to put the whole thing together. It was a day of pure chaos, and it is truly amazing that we were able to get the performance we did - I think it may be, so far, the best we have played this song.
By the way, I should say that Life Is Hard is not the only song that was recorded that day, of course, and at some point we may release another song or two from the recordings that day.
Cheers and Love,