My old pal Ann Magnuson has a new song and here’s a first look. The last time I was in LA, I visited Ann and she and Dust Bunny (her hand-puppet) helped me promote my then new book, Transform Your Life with Color By Number. Trump had just been elected and we were bemoaning the fact. On our walk back from lunch, Ann sang me the chorus to The Sun Don’t Care and I got chills…
The song draws on her West Virginia roots with an Appalachian-inspired spiritual ballad for our troubled times. If you don’t know her (where have you been?) Magnuson is an actress, writer, musician and artist who’s known best as the front woman for the band Bongwater, among other things. She’s currently on Season 3 of the Amazon Prime series The Man in the High Castle.
The video features folk art sculptures of The Sun that Magnuson created as well as homemade dolls crocheted by her Grandma Magnuson. It also incorporates family home movies shot by Ann’s Dad and sun footage by NASA.
Artist and filmmaker Adam Dugas co-directed the video with Magnuson and edited the piece, a dreamlike solar journey.
“Ann told me that her new art movement is SurRURALism, so I ran with that concept. Using Arzetta as the speaker was really liberating, I created a world for her using the spectacular NASA sun-scapes. I also liked how humble so many of the elements are – dolls, folk art, the Magnuson family home movies from the 60s – and also iPhone footage that Ann shot of various sun reflections as well as the sun masked by smoke from the apocalyptic California wildfires fires this year. Utilizing all these colloquial elements felt in tune with the jug band quality of the song.”
“The lyric ‘The Sun Don’t Care who is President’ doesn’t mean I don’t care who is President. Of course I care. But I need to know that the real power in charge is something bigger, something cosmic, something unknowable, something both scientific and spiritual, something that shines equally on the red state and the blue- and my hope is that all of us all stop fighting and plug into an optimistic positive energy and hopefully find solutions that help everyone. And if we can’t do that collectively, then we need to each individually ‘shine our light’ of love into this world of pain – by being creative or just plain nice- and hope that positive energy will spread, the way the sun shines!
‘The Sun Don’t Care’ is about seeing the bigger picture. The Sun embodies the essence of a Higher Power, one that transcends ideology. I loved what Steven Hawking says, posthumously, in is new book:
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.’“
Magnuson does cameo, but her Arzetta, a doll created by Grandma Magnuson, along with the sun, is the star.
Btw, Ann was recently inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
Directed by Adam Dugas and Ann Magnuson
Edited by Adam Dugas
Shot by Adam Dugas, Ann Magnuson and Sadie Spezzano
Sun footage and graphics courtesy of NASA
Sun vector graphic courtesy of footageisland
Home movies by Bob Magnuson
Arzetta doll created by Grandma Magnuson
Administered by Pacific Electric Songs
Ann Magnuson – Vocals, Mouth Harp
Joe Berardi – Autoharp, Percussion, Spoons, Jug
Recorded and Mixed by Mark Wheaton at Catasonic Studios
© 2018 Ann Magnuson/Pink Fleece Music –all rights reserved