I changed my montage project today and abandoned a project I had been working on earlier in the week. While I was pleased with the outcome, I was having trouble finding the right song to fit the story I was trying to tell. Late last night, I discovered a box filled with some recordings from my college days. Finding this box took me down a completely different path for my montage (although I didn’t necessarily know it at that time).
For my project, I was able to choose a song in which I didn’t have to worry about copyright issues. In college, I became friends with a talented musician who would play the piano after our meals during our freshman year. With a crowd of mostly friends, we amused ourselves with various songs, even creating parodies about the lunch ladies or whatever came to mind. While my music background included middle and high school choir, I never played an instrument (I am an accomplished kazoo player though). Toward the end of our freshman year, the two of us collaborated on some songs I had written. I knew what they sounded like in my head and he masterfully added additional elements (like an oboe). The song “Never Forget You” was the second song we recorded together and was inspired by my decision to leave all my high school friends behind, essentially starting over at college without knowing anyone else. It also foreshadowed losses in my life – the death of my grandfather just three years later and, most recently, the tragic passing of a friend in a motorcycle accident just two months before he was to be married (and the inspiration for this tribute montage). The loss of loved ones has impacted my life significantly and is reflected in this song.