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Simply Three releases new music video with tell-all yarn

While so many of us were immersed in tedious rush hour commutes this morning, Simply Three was releasing their newest music video, a soul-touching cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know.' Before he began his own morning travels, the trio's cellist, Zack Clark, took time to tell a little of the story behind this release's enviable music.

Cast and crew of Simply Three create video footage for 'Somewhere Only We Know' near Payson, Arizona - February 2014
Cast and crew of Simply Three create video footage for 'Somewhere Only We Know' near Payson, Arizona - February 2014
Zack Clark
Zack Clark & Nick Villalobos shooting 'Somewhere Only We Know' in Arizona
Zack Clark

"One day I started plucking away at my cello. Nick joined in, and it almost literally wrote itself," Clark says of the arrangement he and bassist Nick Villalobos created almost a year ago. Noting they've played their version of 'Somewhere Only We Know' at a couple gigs, he added, "People really reacted well to the beauty of the song and arrangement."

The scene opens in silence in today's video release. Live, wild fiber growing in the background simultaneously connects to Simply Three's old world string instruments, to a taut fibrous red yarn, and to a young lady's heartstrings. Then, vibrant music begins to tie it all together.

"The story line started off as a general idea about yarn," Clark notes about the pitch from film director Greyson Sawyer and Matthew Helms of Chapman University's film school. "We loved that idea immediately [when] Greyson and Matthew came up with it. We also loved that the music/performance caused the yarn to vibrate, and the girl sees the yarn vibrate and follows the vibrations."

Out of a complex web of threads, actress Sarah Sawyer, wearing earth tones in a loosely crocheted sweater, chooses a single yarn. It's the colorful yarn come alive from Villalobos' bass melody strains that touch her as sweeter and deeper than the other strings. Only that one pleasing fiber seems to resonate at the core of her being. So she follows it as Villalobos hands the melody off to Clark's offering cello.

"We filmed this location up in the woods near Payson, the same general area as our Demons video," Clark describes about the recording that reduces the simplicity of three to a duet of two rich, low-register classical strings, "...because Greyson and Matthew envisioned a journey through the forest working well." (Though violinist Alex Weill is not featured in this recording, she flies in from New York next week for two trio concerts at the Ice House in downtown Phoenix.)

And it does work, maybe even better than Keane's own forested video, so very well. The girl discovers treasures that are personal and magical, ones that only she and the music know. She works joyfully at discovery. She uncovers secret play forts of woven cotton, gifts untold, buried right out in the open. That the raw harmonies from two instruments can so completely envelop us and the girl, make the journey more important than the destination. With an open vulnerability, she kneels down into her childhood and future.

The message simply couldn't be more clear. Yes, keep commuting and working, but pause daily. Use those quiet moments to follow the single tugging thread, the vibrating strand that will lead to today's unexpected wonder and rich delight, somewhere only we know.

-Jennifer Haaland