The emotion in Sierra Noble's latest video made her uncomfortable. (Kelly Morton)
It's the kind of place that you end up when you hit the very bottom, no other options, when it feels like the world has given up on you, when you feel like a prisoner in your own life.
—Sierra Noble, musician
Sierra Noble first hit the stage as a youngster, playing Métis tunes on
her fiddle at breakneck speed. More recently, she's tried her hand at
singing, songwriting and guitar -- to great acclaim.
Noble has just released a new black and white, acoustic music video of her song "Prisoner of Hope".
SCENE asked Noble to explain the background to the video and what went into making it:
The video was shot in a location that the director, a dear friend of mine, Chris Henze found while working on another project. I remember him calling me saying, "I found the coolest location and I want to shoot some sort of video with you there!"
I got in a cab and gave the driver the address and when we got there he kind of gave me a look like, "are you sure, lady?" Chris popped his head out the door and waved me inside so I knew I was actually in the right place. We were in an old, run down, dark, scary squatters building--illegal squatters building actually.
While we snuck around trying to find where we wanted to shoot, it was hard not to feel the deep sadness in the place. It's the kind of place that you end up when you hit the very bottom, no other options, when it feels like the world has given up on you, when you feel like a prisoner in your own life.
I wrote "Prisoner of Hope" with a friend of mine and hit songwriter in Nashville, Billy Montana. The title of the song was something that Billy had in mind when he got there, the chorus of the song was one of those things that just seemed to "flow out," it was just all of a sudden there. The challenge was trying to figure out what it meant.
We went for lunch to take a break and it finally came to us. We started talking about the all too often story of the wife of the soldier. The hard but often true reality that even if her love comes back to her alive, sometimes he doesn't truly come back.
But really this song is just simply about loss, longing, helplessness. All feelings that many of us have felt at some point in life or another.
This was the first of three acoustic music videos we shot. I almost decided not to release it because it is so heavy and raw. I'm not used to showing that kind of raw emotion of my own like that...it's scary! But as an artist it's important. I was going through my own feelings of great loss, confusion, anger, and fear that day, plus I felt so tapped into the emotions floating around that place.
A lot of people asked me why in the WORLD I decided to take my shoes off in a place like that. I took my shoes off because I decided I wanted to really feel what it feels like to live in a place like that.
Yes it was risky, dangerous, but as soon as I took my shoes off it was like my pain that week morphed with the pain of that place. I realized fully in that moment that pain is pain. No pain is greater or lesser. We all feel it. Just as love is universally human, so is pain. And they are more connected than we often let ourselves believe.
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