Stay (the morning light fades)
Partitions of stain glass, countless rows of outstretching pews and columns become the physical bounds of a relationship.
Beginning in the back the sanctuary, a history of love unfolds into a dance. Their story travels through radiant light and crushing darkness, fighting their way towards the front of the church.
Director: Dillon Novak
A little boy somewhere in Colorado, slammed down his bowl of Life cereal, milk dripping from his chin and declared to the world, “I want to direct movies!”
What does that mean though? A camera he guesses…oh yeah! And some lights. Okay. But how does he make the people in the “Steven Spielberg movie lego set” look like they are actually fighting the plastic T-Rex. Steven’s video looks way better, the boy’s attempt is kind of weird looking, but it’s alright. Yeah it IS alright! And the next will be better.
It’s continued like that ever since – create, compare, learn, move on.
Dillon now lives in Los Angeles where he makes movies.
Rob Drabkin is one of those artists who music fans instantly fall in love with and music industry folks dream of. He’s incredibly talented, his live performances make you dance and bring you to tears, he’s constantly touring and creating new content, and everything that has his name on it is pure art — beautiful, thought-provoking, genuine and classy art. His new music video for “Stay (The Morning Light Fades),” directed by Dillon Novak, is no exception. On May 26th, Vevo will premiere Rob’s video, which features professional contemporary ballet, choreographed by Amanda Copple.
On its own, “Stay (The Morning Light Fades)” is a delicate piece of music with tension, relief, beauty and pain permeating the music and lyrics. Rob wrote the song at the end of a relationship. “There was simply nothing left to hold onto and I knew it was over and gone,” he says. Rob had been fixated on the idea of putting choreography to the song since he began experimenting with the song’s chord progression. “It was time to take a risk and put the idea into motion.”
The video was choreographed and danced by Amanda Copple, alongside Luke Kamppila from the Michelle Latimer Dance Company in Denver, CO. “The main goals for this piece were to take the viewer on a journey with the dancers through the space and to enhance the listening experience with movement,” says Amanda. “The dance is a story of catch and release. The relationship shifts from a happy and playful couple through the often tragic stages of a lost love. One partner doubts and this makes the other cling tighter. He would give anything for just another moment.”
The video was filmed at Shove Chapel at Colorado College in College Springs, a stunningly beautiful sanctuary built in 1931 and designed after Winchester Cathedral in England. “Selecting a church as the location was a bold decision and part of me was hesitant; I didn’t want this video to come off sacrilegious or to be a replica of a wedding,” says Rob Drabkin. “But when I set foot in Shove Chapel, it felt perfect. Beams of warm light shot through the stained glass, illuminating a historic 3,000 pipe organ that crowns the altar. It felt welcoming and open to people of all faiths. I had heard the campus even hosts drum circles, dance parties, meditations and open mic nights.”
Director Dillon Novak wrote to the video’s cast and crew, “Once in a lifetime is how I feel about our shoot.” He describes the completed project saying, “Partitions of stained glass and countless rows of outstretching pews and columns become the physical bounds of a relationship. Beginning in the back of the sanctuary, a history of love unfolds into a dance. Their story travels through radiant light and crushing darkness, fighting their way towards the front of the church.”
“Stay (The Morning Light Fades)” completes a trilogy of music videos Rob worked on with Dillon Novak from his latest album, Little Steps, out now. No Depression recently said, “While Little Steps, true to its title, may come across as a slow burn, it takes hold, ruminating quietly below the surface before ultimately making its enduring impact.” The same could be said for Rob Drabkin himself, who is on the verge of a major breakthrough. Little Steps is doing exceptionally well on Triple A and Americana radio stations, as well as on the Relix/Jamband radio chart, where it peaked at #3. Recently the Telluride Bluegrass Festival selected Rob as a finalist in their Troubadour Competition. He will be performing at the festival’s side stage on June 18th and 19th, and is in the running to perform on the main stage on the 20th.