Thursday, 10 December 2009

Jeffrey Scher "Little Drummer Boy" (Bob Dylan 2009)

At the heart of today’s seasonal offering is the family. The Little Drummer Boy is a promotional video for a new album, Christmas in the Heart, from Bob Dylan with the proceeds going towards the charity, Feeding America. The video reveals the family at its finest, at Christmas, together, full of love, reunited, dressed in their party best. And at the heart of the family are children, the new born, toddler, little boy beating his drum: sources of family joy and pride. Jeff Scher’s brief from the musician was a simple one: "Do what you do." As I have detailed here before, what Jeff does is to rotoscope, then hand sketch and colour a breathtaking number of frames, in a way that is simply beautiful, frames repeated but revealed in a new light. However, it is not just technique. Jeff’s choice of images is what sets him apart. Using what I take to be home video at its base with scenes from a different, more elegant and formal era, the animator stitches the footage together. Sometimes the flickering images appear almost incidental. In fact Jeff creates a compendium of domestic scenes that is so touching because it is so intimate. One is welcomed into the family as one of their own. Dylan’s gruff voice is sensitive in his rendition of a classic song, bearing comparison with those other venerable institutions, Bing Crosby and David Bowie, who enjoyed success with the 1958 number. Dylan has been a hero of mine over the years. Jeff has gained entry to the pantheon comparatively late. But he’s there. Amazon has introduced the album in its 12 Days of Christmas promotion. Note that due to copyright reasons in the UK at least the link is via Amazon.

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Hi Ian,

On behalf of Bob Dylan, many thanks for plugging “Christmas In The Heart”, the charity album benefiting Feeding America, Crisis and the World Food Programme … .. and, if your readers want good quality, non-pirated, previews, then “Must Be Santa” is available for fans and bloggers to post / host / share etc from and a special widget is also available from .. for further details of the album, on-line promotions, videos and 2009 / 2010 shows, check-out and .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news and preview material.

Please do visit the official web-sites of Feeding America, Crisis and the World Food Programme for information on their charitable work and on how to make donations : help to make this Christmas special for those in need.

Thanks again for your plug.