A simple portrait of family life captures the soul of Duquette Johnston's track beautifully.
Two years have passed since former Verbena member Duquette Johnston put out his PopMatters-approved album Rabbit Runs a Destiny, but that hasn't stopped him from releasing a new video for the track "It Was You". And for good reason too. As he explains, the song has deep meaning, and he and filmmaker Dillon Hayes had a great idea to convey that personal theme in a different medium.
"When I started writing Rabbit Runs A Destiny the first song I wrote was 'It Was You'," he explains. "I had taken a photo, after the April 17, 2011 tornados in Missiissippi, of a destroyed home. There was debris everywhere and in the middle of it a red leather chair and spray painted on the wall was 'God Bless this Mess'. I decided to write an album inspired by the photo and I sat down and wrote 'It Was You' as if my wife and I had lived in this home, raised our children, sitting with them in the chair.
"When the director Dillon Hayes and I started talking videos he understood the song and had the idea of following us for a day and making it about my family before I even told him about the meaning of the song. He just got it. So Dillon came over at 5 AM one saturday and filmed us all day, from sunrise until we went to bed filming Morgan and Tennessee and I throughout the day. We wanted to make a moving portrait of my family. The video is so important because my wife almost died after our son was born so I stopped promoting my record to heal my family and a year later everyone is great and we got to film this."
"It Was You" is also available as a free download below: