Last week, local Denver musician Rob Drabkin released the video for his single “Stay (The Morning Light Fades),” featuring a beautiful contemporary ballet choreographed and danced by Amanda Copple. The video was directed by filmmaker Dillon Novak who set the scenes in a Colorado Springs church, while the a male and female dancer tiptoed through the aisles and rows of pews, the dimly lit stained glass windows lending to the austere emotions of the dance. The dancers travel through darkness and light, both shadowed and illuminated by their effortless movements.
Drabkin, accompanied by a slew of stringed instrumentalists, plays from the front, until the music fades and the video ends with the dancers’ distressed parting. The ballad’s lyrics, melodies and accompanying expressive dance rendition are the product of an emotional breakup for Drabkin.
The dance supplies and honest tenderness to the video that many of today’s music videos lack. The fluid movement of the dance traces the storyline from carefree bliss through tragic loss, signaling the heartbreaking end to something that once seemed so full of love and promise.
The video is honest, beautiful and painful and is truly synonymous with not only what Drabkin experienced in his own life, but also the way many of our own relationships have begun and ended, providing a truly universal understanding of his pain.
The video was premiered on Vevo last week and later picked up by mtvU for their series “The Freshman,” where viewers vote for the video that gets on air. You can vote for Drabkin and support local Denver music here!
And if you want to check out Drabkin live, catch his set at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 18th and 19th on the festival’s side stage. He is also in the running to play the main stage on the 20th, so cheer him on.
Good things to come from this gruffy-voiced crooner. Stay tuned, music lovers!