“The Morning Sun” Video – Andy Elwell
I have this guilty secret that I keep because it’s not very manly. In fact, in many ways it’s altogether childish, but it has been with me for a long, long time. I’m getting rid of it now. You know that 1987 animated movie of Transformers? The one where Hot Rod becomes Rodimus Prime by opening up the Matrix? Yeah, well, I get teary eyed every time during the scene where Optimus Prime dies. I just can’t help it. I got teary for it the first time when I was 7 years old and I haven’t escaped it since. Knowing this, though, I should add that it is one of the few scenes in any film or video that has this sort of effect on me.
Alright, so the cat’s out of the bag, but here’s the segue. Andy Elwell’s new video for “The Morning Sun” nearly brought on an Optimus mortem moment (but not quite). It wasn’t Andy Elwell or Margaret Lane of Hildur Victoria that caused this, at least not specifically. Instead, it was the setting. I’ve hiked nearly every micro-ecozone of the Upper Midwest (believe it or not, there are quite a few), and when I see depictions or enactments of real life on the landscape I love, well, let’s just say it’s why I can never leave here.
If you’re a true Upper Midwesterner, this video is for you (cheers Northern Outpost), and the song will make it all the more meaningful, I think. Well done, Andy Elwell – I’m move, well done.