Video by Michael Quine
When Dave DeDera graduated from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1987, he never imagined he would become a clown at Circus Circus in Las Vegas.
Archive for July 18, 2017
Video by Michael Quine
Some songs stick in your mind because the lyrics have touched your heart. Those songs really resonate if the music brings back fond memories. “Since the Circus Left Town” is one of those songs. The brand-new song was written by John Stevens, Jr. and Timothy Wright of Indiana’s own The Wright Brothers Band when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced the end of an era of talented acrobats, clowns and performers.
“Since the Circus Left Town” pays homage to The Greatest Show On Earth®, which delighted families for six decades. The music video can be found on YouTube. It is a reflective story from three perspectives. The first is that of a seven-year-old little boy reliving his circus memories in front of an audience of his beloved stuffed animals and toys. The second is through the eyes of a smiley-faced clown and what it means for her to lose what’s dearest to her heart as she takes her clown face makeup off for the last time. The third perspective is an emotionally delivered performance by Stevens, who narrates the song and Tim Wright, who plays his harmonica, dobro and mandolin and sings harmonies.
The actors in the video fondly remember happier times when their families visited the three rings of a big top, witnessed the ringmaster’s call, and watched as the talented acrobats performed daring tricks. Sadly, the sights and sounds of the circus melt away as the smile of the clown turns to a frown and the roar of a crowd becomes a distant memory that fades to black.
Scenes from the new music video were shot at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on its world-renowned carousel that celebrates its 100th year anniversary this year (2017), The Athena Center, home of the old Crawfordsville Indiana High School gym and the bedroom and imagination of seven-year-old Kameron Scrimager also of Crawfordsville.
“Since The Circus Left Town”
Artist: John Stevens, Jr.
Songwriters: John Stevens, Jr. and Timothy Wright
Music: John Stevens, Jr. and Timothy Wright
Videographer: Taylor Blythe
Clown: Faith Marie
Little Boy: Kameron Scrimager
Producer: Keith Claghorn
Recording Location: KC Pro Studio Indianapolis
John Stevens, Jr.
Visit John Stevens at: http://www.JohnStevensJrMusic.com
By Taylor Albin… This video is from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Built to AMAZE! The 143rd edition of the Greatest Show on Earth! This brief video is from the first year of the tour and is dedicated to the funny men and women who poured their lives into bringing joy and laughter to many.
By aanewsmedia at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival