Nov. 28, 2009
To commemorate this Thanksgiving weekend. I thought it would be appropriate to send this beautiful music video out to the world called Lovely to Me (Immigrant Mother) by New York based artist Taiyo Na from his debut album Love is Growth. I completed the final cut of the music video on Thanksgiving day and thought it would be nice to give thanks to our moms and to all the people who shared part in raising us.
I want to give a very special shout out and thank you to Taiyo Na for trusting me and for allowing me to take his song on this journey, to back up his beautiful song with visuals and stories from our community here in Philadelphia from Chinatown to Love Park and beyond.
A very big thank you to David Lin and the Asian Arts Initiative for helping to produce this project. As well as Eric Law and Wai Man Ip from Chinese Culture and Arts Inc. and Karen Tha and Annie Tran from QT Vietnamese Sandwich in Chinatown.
This is not just a music video it’s a community arts film project involving so many voices and volunteers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who were apart of this vision. I could not have done it with out you. I was merely the conductor orchestrating all these amazing moments. I only hope that what you see is something that is unique, honest, and powerful.
Please share this with your friends, family, loved ones close and far. I hope this is a reminder to us all where we all came from.
If you like what you see please support Taiyo Na by purchasing his debut album “Love is Growth” at http://www.taiyona.com
You can also make a tax deductible financial contribution to the Asian Arts Initiative at http://www.asianartsinitiative.org
Much love & respect,
Gary San Angel
“Lovely to Me (Immigrant Mother)”
Artist: Taiyo Na
Album: Love Is Growth
Label: Issilah Productions
Director: Gary San Angel
Producer: David Lin
Co-Producer: Asian Arts Initiative, Gary San Angel
Featuring the Asian Arts Initiative
and the larger Philadelphia Community.
Additional Vocals: Vudoo
Violins: Jason Kao Hwang
Electric Bass: Mas Yamagata
Additional Instrumentation: Taiyo Na
© 2009 Taiyo Na & Gary San Angel
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