This song is dedicated to the memory of Whitney Houston, a beloved vocal artist
who was recently killed by FDA-approved prescription medications and sadly became
the latest victim of the deadly pharmaceutical industry (with its "pop another
pill" marketing and advertising).
"Heaven Can Wait" encourages children and teens to throw away their dangerous
psychiatric drugs and prescription medications. Instead, they are inspired to
find meaning and happiness in being who they truly are without turning to chemical
intervention and psychiatric drugs.
This song has been in production for a full year, on and off. The music was completed
in the summer of 2011, and the vocals were recorded in my home studio using little
more than a PC laptop and Cakewalk Sonar software.
Principal video photography was done in studios in South Austin in July, 2011,
and then editing of the video was pursued on and off in the months since then.
The final video combines live footage filmed in studio with a few royalty-free
videos and images licensed on the web. The teen actor in the video is Hunter
Dersch, based in Austin, Texas. He did a great job on the video shoot and has
done a lot of work in various film and broadcast projects. See more credits below...
The exotic vocalist
The "exotic" vocalist for the song is Naga Valli, whose voice adds a powerful
dimension to the entire song. She's also based in Austin, Texas, and has done
work on a long list of vocal projects. She's incredibly talented, as you might
have guessed, and we hope to have her work on other projects in the future.
(Send him a note on Facebook if you enjoyed his work!)
Photography and crew
Mike Angelo Torres and Tom Campbell did the photography on the video. They were
also the photographers for my previous song,We're Doin' Alright.
The production company was Region-C with Ashlee Cohen, in Austin, Texas.
Music: Andy Dollerson and Jacob Owen
The music for this song was produced in an unusual way. I had written the lyrics
and actually recorded the lyrics based on a different music track. I approached
Andy and Jacob to write a new music track that would be more inspiring
than the original and still manage to match the existing vocals. (This is not
a wise way to write a finished song. It's much more efficient to finalize the
music before you record the vocals, but that's not the way this song happened...)
They did an amazing job, as you can now hear for yourself. They also recorded
the vocals of Naga Valli, whose angelic voice added a whole new dimension to
Andy Dollerson was the key musician on this piece, and I worked with him on and
off for many weeks in the studio, going over each detail in the song to get the
mix "just right." He's an extremely talented musician and final mix master, and
he's done a lot of work on high-end video game music as well. You can find him
Together with Jake Owen, he has just launched a new music production company
and website: DOsounds, LLC. See the announcement (and listen to some music samples)
If you're a video game company, a high-end music producer, or a filmmaker who
needs score music, I highly recommend Andy and Jake. They're professional, extremely
talented, and now becoming increasingly well known for their work on various
projects, including othere songs we've been publishing.