The Spirit of ’76

I created this video in November of 2008 out of footage I shot in New York (Astoria and Manhattan), though I also included a few brief public domain clips. This song is found on my album Short Flight to a Distant Star, and aspects of it were not only inspired by some particularly dark times, but also quite literally a hole in my bathroom ceiling that opened up one day, due to water damage from the apartment over mine. It has been likened to Elliott Smith, but I remember being influenced musically by an obscure song that The Beatles covered on their BBC recordings, called “I Just Don’t Understand”.