We are very pleased to present this world premiere of the music video for “Normandy” by local band Pachisi Champion (aka Rence Seyb). The production of the song and the video was a collaboration between The Big Something and Colorado Culture Cast. (Thanks also to Jay Schwan for mastering!)

The concept for the video was to shoot Rence Seyb singing and performing atop as many of the downtown bell towers as possible. We originally wanted to shoot from tower to tower—to connect the dots between all the towers, but it didn’t quite work out that way. The day we shot turned out to be the coldest day of the fall (and even colder on the towers), which worked well for the song.

In any case, we got to peek inside and shoot at six of the most prominent towers downtown: Shove Chapel and Cutler Hall at Colorado College, The Pioneers Museum, First United Methodist Church, First Congregational Church and Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

As a bonus to the video, here’s a quick and dirty primer on the history of the buildings featured in the video.

(Please leave us some feedback! Comments below are just fine, while email will do in a pinch as well: thebigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!)

 

20 Responses to Our Very First World Premiere Music Video!

  1. Don Goede says:

    A wonderful collaboration everybody. Great idea, great execution, and great song.

  2. Mary Dalton says:

    I really appreciate the information you presented regarding these towers and their buildings. I’ve lived in CS over 35 years and thanks to you, am still learning about it’s history. Keep up the good work! Enjoyed the song, too!

  3. Pat Gulya says:

    This was lots of fun. I watched the video, then the history part, which was fascinating then had to watch the video again. Entertaining and informative – exactly what I need to get my day rolling. Thanks!

  4. Philip L. says:

    Thanks. Very interesting and fun music also.

  5. daisy says:

    You say the Pioneer’s museum building was controversial, but I didn’t catch the reason. Was it because the architect wasn’t well known?

  6. Sarah Milteer says:

    Fabulous – watched both! Rence looked so cold, but that did seem to add to the video.

  7. Noel Black says:

    Sorry, Daisy. It was controversial because people didn’t think it was needed while others didn’t like the design. The usual!

  8. Laura Long says:

    Wow again! Dang Noel, did you sell your soul to the devil while The Big Something was down? Thanks for another fascinating look at something we never see. And Rence, awesome video, great song.

  9. Jen says:

    How great! Thank you Noel, Rence and Craig for that. Love the Pachisi Champion- more music from you please.

  10. Mike Procell says:

    Wondrous and beautiful piece – gotta say it was just a little disappointing though in not catching at least a glimpse of one little ol’ “hunchback” among all those bell towers..

  11. Liz Arnold says:

    Really enjoyed the song and the history of the towers – it would be interesting to film the foundations of these old buildings. I know that the FCC foundation is crumbling under the weight of the tower!! Thanks for spotlighting these great landmarks in our city!

  12. Randy Lindsey says:

    I loved the humor when Rence tried to fly a plane and it got caught in the screen atop First Pres. Nice job, thanks all.

  13. Eva Syrovy says:

    oh, this is wonderful! more stories like this!please!

  14. Jeremy Van Hoy says:

    litterbug! I enjoyed this immensely.

  15. Virginia Trader says:

    Alas, when I tried to play the song it paused every 4 seconds. Other items have not done this. Is there a way to fix it?

  16. Noel Black says:

    The skipping is probably a YouTube issue orthe speed of your connection. Try it later or on a faster connection.

  17. Ruth Roland says:

    Thank you for sharing this great video and music. I wanted to assure everyone that the foundation at First Congregational Church is not crumbling under the weight of the bell tower. A structural engineer reviewed the foundation and supporting piers as part of a multi-year historic restoration. This treasure of a building will be here for at least another 121 years.

  18. rence says:

    Thank you guys very much for your hard work on this! I am well pleased and still enjoy watching it.

  19. Dave Ryan says:

    I finally got a chance to see this. I couldn’t imagine what you all were doing in the tower- with all the musical instruments.
    What a great production. I loved it- made my day. Thanks and kudos to Noel and Rence!

  20. Amber Cote says:

    Very lovely friends! This brought me so much joy on another very cold day! Love to see such talented people coming together to create magic! Thank you!

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