Creativity is realized when a divine spark meets its conduit. That conduit presented itself when a stranger, a man described as homeless by the videographer, stumbled upon the set of a Christian music video. The stranger's encounter with musician Carlos Whittaker immediately impacted the set and the video shoot took an unexpected turn. What transpired is inspirational.
In the process of creating an electronic press kit and shooting a video for his song God of Second Chances, Christian musician Carlos Whittaker probably had no idea that years later his song would be getting a second chance of its own.
While performing his song for a video shoot in Atlanta, Whittaker’s tune caught the attention of a total stranger. Appearing to be drawn in by the message of the lyrics, the dreadlocked man, who later identified himself as Danny, initially walked up to Whittaker and dropped to one knee with his palms to the heavens, as if personally accepting the glory of Whittaker’s composition.
What happened next was remarkable. With a very distinct accent, possibly hailing from the Caribbean, Danny began to add vocal riffs, infusing his own reggae influence and inspirational lyrics. Whittaker graciously welcomed the stranger’s musical advances and within moments the two musicians were heart deep within a synergistic jam that proves to be both a testament to their devotion and the epoxy of a bond that, regardless of how brief in passing, is sure to have a residual effect in the lives of both spiritual men.
In the notes accompanying his video on YouTube, Whittaker recounts his conversation with Danny, which is difficult to make out in its entirety on the video. “If you listen carefully at the end you hear me saying this to Danny,” said Whittaker. “Keep trying to make it man. He looked me square in the eye, cocked his head sideways with a confused look on his face and said, ‘Trying to make it? No man. I ain’t trying to make it, I’m making it. Jah puts His soldiers everywhere. Jah says, ‘Yea though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. So He places some of us in that valley.’”
Originally uploaded in 2009, with the benefit of social networking, the inspirational video is currently enjoying a viral resurgence.