Since its release in June 2013, the first locally-produced YouTube sensation “Where There is Love” has been viewed by over 200,000 people in more than 200 countries. Local artists, Michael & Sandy Bashaw, from the local band Puzzle of Light, organized the original video which featured 14 acts from jazz, reggae, spoken word and even The Burundi Royal Court Drummers.
The video presented Dayton to the world – via YouTube – in a very positive light to lots of people. Using music in this way to celebrate diversity and collaboration demonstrates to those outside Dayton that this is a great place to live, work and do business.
Prompted by its continued success and great enthusiasm from both the regional and global communities they are gearing up for making a brand new Dayton music video. As before, this project will be shot on-location in the greater Dayton area, and will feature artists from our home town. Filming will commence in mid-May. Producer David Sherman who directed the first video and will also be part of the creative team producing the sequel.
“During our first collaboration, we discovered we absolutely loved working together and did so very efficiently as a team. So with this production experience under our belts we’re ready for a more ambitious project” shares Sandy Bashaw. “Micheal Bashaw explains, “we’ll be renting some specialized photographic equipment, and we’re delighted that Andy Snow has joined our team as Director of Photography. The new cast of musicians, singers and dancers is stellar!
This time, our community has the opportunity to play a part in making this new video happen. Welcome Dayton and Involvement Advocacy are partners as well as Culture Works and their new crowdfunding initiative – Power2Give. Through Power2Give, Dayton Power & Light is matching every dollar donated. Donors can simply go to power2give.org/DaytonRegion and look for our project, which is entitled “S.O.S – Share our Song.”
Dayton sits at the convergence of rivers – a perfect metaphor for the blending of people, cultures and ideas. Great things happen at the point of convergence. But we need for our regional and global communities to join us to make this happen. In this case, every dollar really DOES count.