This past Sunday, award winning singer, songwriter and producer Shannon Sanders released a video for his song “That Old Man” dedicated to his grandfather. I had the honor of editing the video for him. I asked him in mid May if he would be open to releasing the song and video since Father’s Day was coming up. It’s been 5 years since we have collaborated on a video. The first being “Daddy’s Little Girl” which was written for his daughter. I knew that the song existed because he performed a rough version during an event here in Portland. And he’s played a rough version for a couple years ago.
Once he agreed to it, I emailed some of my friends and family to ask them if they would like to submit a photo for the video. One of the main reasons I wanted this project to happen is to counter some of the recent attacks on black fatherhood (father’s day cards to single mothers, Angel Soft tissue’s ad). Despite what the media portrays, there has been and still are great father’s in the black community. I wanted to showcase that via this video. There are a lot of butt hurt people out there who use social media to bash their fathers or children’s father on Father’s Day for their shortcomings. Surprisingly, my Facebook feed was mostly positive. Different from year’s past.
The last month has been crazy busy for Shannon, between traveling for show appearances with India.Arie and Laura Reed, he is now the president of the Nashville NARAS chapter, he has a lot of obligations to fulfill. On top of his other responsibilities, I am grateful he found the time to record, mix and record video footage for the video. Via Facetime, phone calls, texts and emails, we were able to put together the tribute video for Father’s Day.
Check it out here,
The response has been great and the people who supplied photos for me were happy to see their loved one in the video. Because I knew the personal stories of the people who supplied photos, I was able to strategically place them based on the lyrics.
Although Father’s Day has been, you don’t have to wait until next year to let your father, grandfather, step father or “old man” know how much you love them.