I think they call it creative constraints. 48 hours was all we had to write, rehearse, perform, and edit a music video to deliver a message.

Amy Thiessen came up with the seed of an idea to write a song for Nenshi’s mayoral campaign. So I threw up a studio in her living room while Amy busily rehearsed the song she just wrote. I recorded a few takes, then I’m off running around the street with Rahim interviewing Calgarians. Add in a bit of overnight editing and voila, we ended up with a small masterpiece that made it on to the CBC evening news.

And to boot, Naheed Nenshi won the mayoral race.

If you’ve got an idea that brings together music, story, and something important to tell, drop me a line at chris@hiddenstory.ca. We might just be able to make some magical happen.