You Don’t Need a Cape If You’re Already a Butterfly
I’m typing this madly as my new music video already begins to be released, hopefully eventually leading people here. Have you seen it yet? Let me tell you a little about it.
First, the song:
When my daughter, Sydney was three years old, she was playing with her toys. She put on some butterfly wings and pretended to fly around. Then she wanted a superhero cape. She skipped over to my husband and me to have us help her put it on. Joe tried to take off the wings. She said no, she wanted both the wings and the cape. So he awkwardly put it on over the wings. She stumbled around, not sure how to fly. She finally trotted back over and said to us, “You don’t need a cape if you’re already a butterfly”. My mind was blown. What a crazy, spontaneous nugget of truth! When you know who you are, you don’t have to try to be a bunch of other things that people make you feel like you need to be. Because you’re already the best you. Just make that even better.
My husband came up with the idea of making a music video where the entire cast, except for I, would be under the age of 11, and to have them put on a show. Partly because we already had all the stuff we needed to make a set happen for that, with Joe’s business. So it’d be a snap, right? Well, it turned out we needed a lot of help from some amazing people.
I loved this idea for this song, because I knew there would be little kids doing big things, and it would appear that they just knew they could do it, because nobody ever told them they could not. That’s kind of how the whole video happened. Sure, we can work with a few dozen small children, (thank you friends, neighbors, and cousins!) borrow very valuable musical instruments, (thank you, Scott Wiley!) find the perfect “tour bus” (thank you, Christian Jones, for your gorgeous and miraculous vehicle!) look good, (thank you, Chelsea Kennedy of Naturally Yours salon in Spanish Fork, for doing my hair and my two daughters’ hair) have a rad place for the scenes where I’m playing toy instruments, (thank you, Justin Hackworth, for letting us use your studio!) and have it all filmed super awesomely and professionally by an award winning film guy. (thank you, thank you, thank you, Tyler Weston.) Because nobody had ever told us we could not.
The biggest thanks of all goes to my sweet family for moving heaven and earth to make it all work.
There’s so much more I could tell you. Maybe another time. We hope you enjoy the video and share it with your friends.
The Stay-at-Home Songwriter