Big Sexy Music has had some sexy weeks of music making this summer! Yes autumn is coming fast but EmZ and Sir Stephen along with the Big Sexy Crew will have the mercury rising all the way through to the fall with EmZ’s debut at the legendary “Don’t Tell Mama”. Be sure to keep Saturday 13th and Sunday the 21st of October free for two big nights of sweet and vicious music. It’s going to have the whole town talking!
We’ve been rehearsing and recording all week with some amazing musicians including sexy mama Courtnee Roze who came out to JBS Studio to bang it out on three EmZ tunes with her conga. Ms Hannah Rubie also got behind the mic and recorded some harmonies with her jazz child voice. And to top if off we had the big sexy pleasure of working with stand up bassist Michael Goetz who slaps EmZ’s music right into its sweet and vicious place!! It’s exciting times indeed.
This week was also momentously exciting as Big Sexy Music premiered its newest music video “Down by the River”. Yes, In the cold depths of winter we ventured along the mighty Hudson river to shoot footage for “Down By the River”, a song I had written years before while living in the heart of Manhattan and finally it’s edited and on-line for all the world to see.
Down by the River is my ode to the Righteous Brother’s Unchained Melody which is an epic thundering heart breaker that always resonated emotionally with me, even as a child. I somehow related this deeply moving song with my mother and I the sentiment of ‘rivers flowing back to the sea’ somehow soothed and reassured me that no matter what we are all destined to return. Written initially on my ukulele, Down by the River was further transformed by the musical genius of Sir Stephen through his minimal yet hauntingly emotive compositions. Stephen’s magic touches really compliment and accentuate the emotional overtone of the song pushing it into a whole new category. Sir Stephen also composed the cello lines which is played beautifully by Cello Mike otherwise known as The Wandering Cellist. Cello Mike brings a truly poignant and moving aspect to the song, taunting the heart with a subtle sad nostalgia.
Making the video was a great experience despite the freezing conditions blowing along the Hudson River during filming. The Big Sexy crew always keeps it 100 and this shoot was no exception. Our Big Sexy cinematographer Tawania Pettus captured the moody landscape for this video with her visionary eye and even sacrificed the feeling in her fingers (it was VERY cold) for the perfect shot. Assisted by the fabulous Francesca Christina (who is a talented cinematographer in her own right) it was a creative and collaborative endeavor that has resulted in a timeless Big Sexy Music video for the ages. And of course I cannot forget to thank Miss Moria who did a wonderful job at playing a younger EmZ in her first music video debut. All in all we had a great time and of course ‘Down by the River’ is a Sweet and Vicious Production, edited by miss EmZ herself!