I heard my friend, Sara Lewis perform her original song, "Visit Me In My Dreams" at a cafe in NYC's West Village, and immediately fell in love with it. When she told me that her friend, Marco Sanchez created an animated video for the song, I couldn't *WAIT* to go home and watch it on YouTube!
I was taken aback by how much the video affected me. The song, on its own, is so haunting, so wistful. The video completely broke my heart (in that beautiful way that only art can). Who knew that stick figures could convey and evoke so much emotion?!
The epic story behind, "Visit Me In My Dreams":
Sara and Marco went to neighboring colleges (Bennington and Williams, respectively) and knew each other very briefly when they decided to collaborate on the video. Shortly after they graduated, Sara moved to NYC and Marco went to Switzerland. Over the course of a year and a half, the two communicated -- brainstorming and honing their vision for the video -- mostly via Skype. Slowly, over time, they grew more and more comfortable with one another, and their friendship intensified.
Last February, Marco mailed Sara a handmade box decorated with piano keys [containing an assortment of Swiss cakes + 24 paper cranes in honor of her album title, "Birds Without Cages"] for her twenty-forth birthday. She was floored
. It was clear that they had a strong, undeniable bond, though neither articulated romantic feelings for the other.
Until Marco returned to the states in May and made a weekend trip to visit Sara in New York.
The long and short of it: They're now in a relationship.
[No, I didn't make any of this up!] Incredible (and sweetly ironic) that a song inspired by the pain of first love, lost, could ultimately lead two people to a rich, beautiful new connection...
Call me a mush, but... UGH. *I DIE OF SWEETNESS*
Please view the video above. Enjoy! ...And brace yourselves for a long, cathartic bawl. What's your reaction to the song, the video, and the story behind it?