Video Premiere: Arielle Silver “Headlights”

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Americana Highways presents this premiere video of Arielle Silver’s song “Headlights.” “Headlights” was produced by Shane Alexander; engineered by Michael Gehring at Secret World Studios, Los Angeles, CA; mixed by Brian Yaskulka; and mastered by Hans DeKline.  The single’s cover painting is by Erin Rosen.  “Headlights” is Arielle Silver on lead vocal, backing vocals, and acoustic guitar; Shane Alexander on acoustic guitar, backing vocals, and keys; Denny Weston Jr. on drums; Carl Byron on piano and organ Darby Orr on bass; Jesse Siebenberg on percussion; and Mike Mullins on mandolin.

The video was directed, shot, and edited by Kevin Rhoades, with archival footage provided by William Rhoades.  The cheery mandolin sets the tone for the song’s message.  Arielle Silver’s latest is a catchy, snappy production of support in this time of uncertainty.

The video for ‘Headlights’ was shot entirely during the COVID-19 quarantine time — through closed car windows, using a telephoto lens from a distance for all the close-ups, and braided with beautiful 8mm archival footage from, very likely, before Super 8 was even around. The video director’s uncle let us use the footage. He’s in the film as a little kid, and recently turned 70. 

The song itself is optimistic in its reminder about how we’ve made it through uncertain times in the past. The music video really brings it home. The drive-in movie screen, the rainbow, the love, the hesitancy — all of those wabi-sabi moments captured on 8mm in the ’50s are entirely relatable today. There’s always been uncertainty, and always will. The only way to get through it is to follow the beam of the headlights and keep on driving. — Arielle Silver

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