Dropping low in the sky, the sun casts a warm, golden glow upon Rachel Lynn’s soft features as she sings the gently grooving, hymn-inspired “Abide” upon a city rooftop. The beautiful message of her lyrics and the supple grace of her performance are masterfully portrayed in this debut video which captures the reverence of a fading day.
“The chorus of ‘Abide’ is actually a Quaker hymn I sang growing up while attending and working at Quaker camps,” the artist informed. “It’s a song that has always brought me such joy and comfort. At the camps, we’d sing it every night before going to sleep. It was such a beautiful way to acknowledge that the day was done and we could find solace in its completion.”
“Quakerism focuses on the concept of the inner light: a light that exists within each individual,” she continued. “I knew when I decided to write a song that revolved around the hymn, it needed to reflect that belief in the light and my relationship with it.”
“Making this video with my band, Chris Schutlz (drums) and Stoddard Blackall (keys), and the amazingly talented videographer Greg Barnes was an incredible experience,” she reflected. “I’m so lucky to be able to work with such talented people, and being that this was my first music video, I’m so happy we were able to achieve what we did.”
A great deal of the video’s magic resides in the ethereal flow of Rachel’s movements as she performs. The artist recalled the somewhat less than glamorous process of creating the mesmerizing fluidity. “In order to create the slow motion effect for the final product, we shot the video in double time, which meant I was singing along to an incredibly fast track that made me sound like a chipmunk!” she revealed. “The guys had a good laugh at some of my efforts during the shoot.”
With “Abide,” Rachel Lynn has created something special, but did she know just how special this song was when she was writing it?
“Lyrically, the song means so much to me because of its roots in the original hymn, so I knew before I wrote it that this one was going to stay with me forever,” she replied. “However, as far as writing a song and wondering if I’ve made a ‘special’ or worthwhile project, I don’t know if there’s really a way to figure that out. I just try to write music I feel connected to and then I hope that others feel connected to it, too.”
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