Bart Crow’s song “Dear Music” establishes a sense of rootlessness in its opening lines, a wanderlust that is central to all songs about being on the road and playing shows. “Woke up this morning to the sound of raindrops falling down / another where the hell am I town we’re playing,” sings Crow, over handclaps and chipper acoustic guitar strums.
The “Dear Music” video latches onto that idea of place and spreads it as far and wide as possible. Crow himself appears in every shot, singing the words, but an incredible array of scenery cycles behind him — snowy mountains, dusty desert roads, city streets, through all seasons, night and day. It harnesses the same all-embracing spirit as the song, touching on the idea of music as a language that can be spoken anywhere.
“Music is so universal and can cross many boundaries if you’re open to allow it and I certainly feel that’s reflected in ‘Dear Music,'” explains Crow. “That being said I wanted the video to reflect that same border jumping so we flew to 25-30 locations across the United States to film a simple concept in multiple locations to reflect music’s love and diversity for all things, places, styles, etc. I believe we accomplished what we set out to do.”
“Dear Music” appears on Crow’s 2015 album, The Parade. On Thursday, June 16th, the Texas native will be in his home state’s Belton to play a show at Shoepf’s BBQ, followed by a June 18th engagement at the Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee in Stockdale, Texas.