On Wednesday we went to our church’s Tenebrae service. Tenebrae, Latin for ‘shadows’ or ‘darkness’, focuses on the grim truths of our humanity, i.e. the reasons Christ had to die. Focusing on these truths sets the stage for Good Friday and makes the resurrection all the more miraculous. At our service with Church of the Redeemer, several artists contributed film clips, visual art, and musical performances to envelop our senses in this theme of darkness. Afterward, I immediately wanted to create something in this vein, but wasn’t sure what I should do.
Fortunately, I had a super awesome project in my back pocket. A few weeks ago at a coffee shop, this tall, chummy barista asked me about my UChicago sweatshirt. A Loyola grad himself, we bonded over missing life in Chicago. It turned out that he was a musician and was looking for someone to help him produce a video. Now, if you spend any amount of time in Nashville, you are bound to run into some musical hopefuls; you nod and say “That’s nice” and move on. But, as you will see and hear in the video below, Peter McKeown of Woodferd is the real deal.
The song we chose for the video fits perfectly for Good Friday. “We are Dead” bluntly identifies the harsh reality of our temporal existence and simultaneously smiles at how miraculous it is that we should exist at all. We shot the video in an abandoned church to emphasize the contrast between temporary and eternal things, and to pose questions of what in life really matters in the end.
Wow, I just went all UChicago in those last few sentences, like I actually knew what I was doing. In reality the whole thing was a serendipitous experiment. Let me know what you think of the outcome.