Happy Father's Day! In honor of the occasion - we'd like to tell you a story about a father and son and how our new video came to be...
Once upon a time there was a little boy named Malcolm.
He had one of the best dad’s in the world - a dad who loved him IMMENSELY and would draw, and write stories, and create whole worlds that Malcolm grew up knowing.
One of Malcolm’s favorite stories was about a boy named Momo and his giant pet caterpillar Neener. Malcolm’s dad drew gazillions of pictures of Momo and Neener and told Malcolm stories about their adventures. Eventually he wrote the stories down and illustrated them.
As Malcolm grew he started to draw too. He loved drawing alongside his dad. Pretty soon he was drawing his own versions of Momo and Neener’s adventures…
They drew and drew and drew, and the years went by. By the time Malcolm was 8 there were 5 Momo and Neener books. He knew them all by heart…
Malcolm grew and grew and grew, and as the years went by he became a passionate artist. Momo and Neener were still a part of his life, but they slowly faded into the background the more he created worlds of his own...
One day Malcolm’s parents had an idea. They had made a record with their band the NU SHOOZ Orchestra called Pandora’s Box and on it there was a song called “Right Before My Eyes.” It was a beautiful bossa-nova that Malcolm’s dad had written about how quickly Malcolm was growing up and changing. Malcolm had been learning how to animate his drawings. Could he make a video for the song starring his old pals? It seemed like the perfect time for the boy and his caterpillar to return.
Malcolm said yes and began work in earnest.
But then he got distracted…
And then, all of a sudden he was grown and left home! Malcolm’s Mom and Dad missed him terribly - but especially his dad. He and Malcolm were creative buddies together. They had egged each other on and learned from each other’s art - every day since Malcolm had picked up his first crayon. He was heart broken.
But then Malcolm started working on the video again. This time he was going to finish it and make his dad proud.
And he did.
RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES
Music by John Smith
Video by Malcolm Smith
Dedicated to all those who take the time to BE with the young people that they love. Remember to savor every moment. How quickly it all goes by!