Stamford singer and songwriter Kathy Muir plays the original song she wrote for a collaboration with filmmaker Markus Innocenti and Greenwich artist Paul Larson at the Loft Artists Association in Stamford on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. The video and song will be released Nov. 18, 2014, as part of an event at the association. File photos/Lindsay Perry
When Kathy Muir first arrived in Stamford some two years ago from her native Scotland, one of her very first trips in her new home was a visit to Cove Island Park. As she has long been drawn to nature, the stop brought her peace and a sense that she too would soon take root; and, as it turned out, help to create something in return.
This week, Muir, a singer and songwriter, is celebrating the release of her first single, “Seattle Mornin’ ” off her second album, “Book Cover Judge,” which is due in January, as well as its accompanying video. It comes out today, Nov. 18, complete with an event to kick off the release.
Muir will welcome the public beginning at 7 p.m. at the Loft Artists Association studios to talk about the music, as well as the creative collaboration that went in to the video , which will have a debut showing during the event.
Muir wrote the song some years back while staying in a Seattle hotel room. Multiple influences went into the lyrics, but Muir was primarily inspired by the evolving nature of relationships. As she framed the lyrics, she found inspiration in Pablo Picasso, whose own style shifted over the course of his artistic career. One can hear his influence in her lyrics.
The video, features scenes of Stamford, including Cove Island Park, the Loft Artists Association’s studios (Muir is a member) and the work of association member and Greenwich artist Paul Larson, whose painting “Ghost in Reverie,” is featured in the video. It was created by Los Angeles-based filmmaker and music video director Markus Innocenti, who has worked with Muir in the past, as well as Bill Wyman, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan and the Eurythmics. (See photo at right) The song is available on online music services, as well as bandcamp.com, which includes a booklet and photographs taken on location during filming.
Muir said while the project has taken some time, about 18 months, she is entirely pleased with how all the parts came together.
“It is exemplary,” she said of the video. “This song is extremely important to me … and the video is an extension of that expression. (Markus) truly captured what I felt.”
“The video is almost like the painting I had in my head,” she added. “When I write songs, I think of a landscape. For me, the instruments equal a piece of that scene.”
As for the actual painting itself, it was a crucial component to the creative collaboration Muir sought for this project. “In a way, I was looking for a painting about the song and I wanted the song in the painting. And, we achieved that.”
You can see for yourself, tonight.