• Cecil Lewis Jr.

Do you want to be in our video?

Hello to all. I hope that all my family, friends and readers are doing well. It has been months since I posted a new blog entry. I have had many people tell me they have missed my blog posts and asked when I would write again. This means a lot to me.

Over the last several months, I seemingly lost my inspiration to write. I suppose I found myself in a bit of the survival mode, as many people have, and I definitely did not want to write about the pandemic. It is already in our face every day. We see it in the news, social media, and it is very rare to have a conversation without the subject of the pandemic being discussed in some way.

I am sure we can all pretty much agree that 2020 has been a horrible year and I am quite happy that it will soon be over with and in the past. We can only hope and pray that 2021 might provide a new start for us and possibly we can find our way back to some level of normalcy. (whatever normal actually is)

At the start of this whole Corona mess in the Spring of this year, I asked my blog readers and followers on Facebook to send me a photo looking outside their windows during the first lockdown period of the pandemic. Over the span of a couple of months, I posted many of these photos on Facebook and on a special page on my blog website, then I finalized the project with the creation of a video. I called this “The View From Your Window”. WOW, what a response!!! I received hundreds of photos from all over the world and thousands of views on blog site and Facebook.

The video: https://youtu.be/PO-yS1NR1gc

The photo page: https://www.viewfrommywindow.net/the-view-from-your-window-photos-1

So, let’s do it again. Do you want to be in my music video? I need your pictures for a music video that I am creating.

In June 2020, I along with 2 other local musicians formed an acoustic trio in Landshut, Germany called Lewis, Brunner & Andrea. Andrea and I provide the vocals that have a natural blend that create moving and harmonious duets, supported by the amazing guitar stylings of Brunner (Dario). We focused on creating a classy and elegant "live" performance that would be reminiscent of the supper clubs from days gone by, to present our repertoire of retro-pop classics, modern pop hits, heartfelt ballads, easy listening favorites, and jazz, spanning nearly 100 years of music history.

Lewis, Brunner & Andrea

Band Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lba.band

Band YouTube video: https://youtu.be/Lg6I7MO6mc4

In August our trio recorded a beautiful ballad called “The Shape Of My Heart”. The song was written by Sting and his guitarist Dominic Miller and was released in 1993. The lyrics are metaphorical; hence the songs true meaning is open to the interpretation of the listener. In reviewing the meaning of the lyrics on the internet, I was surprised at the wide variety of interpretations of what the song means.

One thing that is great about a song or music, is that it can mean a lot of different things to different people. For the purposes of the video, I chose not to over analyze the song or get into a deep interpretation. So here is my simplistic spin on the song; the song talks about a card player/gambler, who cannot show his emotion or true feelings while playing the game. He doesn’t play the game for money or respect, he is playing (playing = living life) to find the answers (of life). There is part of the song that applies to the current state of the world, it says “I'm not a man of too many faces, the mask I wear is one”

One thing that has been hard for me to deal with during the pandemic, is the interaction with people when they are wearing a protective mask. The mask is intended to suppress the transmission of the virus. However, there is one other thing to not be overlooked about wearing a protective mask, is that it also eliminates the transmission of facial expressions. When you are talking to someone who is wearing a mask, you don’t know if they are smiling, frowning, or smirking. Nothing! This has actually taught me how important facial expressions are to face-to-face communication.

This year so much has been lost from a social side. We have somehow learned to live with this concept of “social distancing” and adhering to regulations that are aimed at “the reduction of human interaction” in response to the pandemic.

Okay, back to the video!!! Although we are living our lives in a different way than we have ever done before, what people now see or actually do not see, because we are separated from one another or hidden behind a mask, impacts the bonds and connections we have with people. So, I want to show the “shape of our hearts” in our music video, as a message of the love and the hope we hold in our hearts now and for the future. Hence, I am asking my readers, your family, your friends, (well, actually anyone in the world) to send me photos based on the heart theme.

Let me give you a couple of ideas…………..you could take a photo of yourself or a group of people making a symbol of a heart with your hands/arms or making a heart symbol out of Legos, stones, cereal, a chalk picture on a sidewalk. It could be a photo of you standing next to artwork or graffiti that has a heart in it, it could be a picture of a tattoo, on and on. I will leave it to your own imagination and creativity.

Dario's ........heart

I will be accepting photos for a couple of weeks and I would like to publish the video at the end of November. You can submit your photos to me in one of the following ways.

1. Facebook: Go to my Facebook blog page, https://www.facebook.com/viewfrommywindowblog

Hit the "send message" button, then attach your picture to the message.

2. Send an email to: blogupload@outlook.com and attached your picture

When submitting your photo, please tell me the city/state/country, I might include the location of where the photos were taken in the video. I can use approximately 100 photos for the video. So, I can’t guarantee your photo will make the video, this will depend on how many I receive. In the event that I get tons of pictures, I may create a photo page on my blog site or possibly we can do another heart themed video.

The small print.

By submitting your photo, you are giving Lewis, Brunner & Andrea permission to use your photo in our video. Your name will not be used in the video and your photo or any contact information will not be shared with any 3rd party.


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