The dancers in Mat Kearney “Kings and Queens” video

Some music videos need to be over the top to get your attention, but others just let the lyrics, location, and a few talented storytellers draw you in. Such is the case with Mat Kearney’s video for “Kings and Queens.”

 video released on March 27, 2018

This beautifully stripped-down music video features Mat singing amongst majestic, jagged rocks, in the desert land just north of Los Angeles and east of Santa Clarita (a city that’s small yet familiar with all kinds of movies, TV shows, and even has a Netflix show named after it–Santa Clarita Diet). This impressive backdrop is a tiny part of the Sierra Pelona Mountains called the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park. Take a look at a few pics found online…

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image via Wikipedia

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image source: LA Times

The LA Times published an article listing the various Star Trek movies/episodes that were filmed here, too.

It’s also a popular place for weddings…

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Check out Jonathan Yacoub for more amazing wedding photos.

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Gene Kang used the location to create breathtaking backdrops for a wedding shoot.

…and even Easter sunrise church services.

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If you’d like more info on attending this multi-church celebration, click here.

But what we really want to know is who these dancers are, right? After all, while the lyrics of “Kings and Queens” describe a genuine love most people hope for, the choreography is a love story in it’s own right, without using any words at all.


Say hello to Stanley Glover and Bridget Whitman. Well, actually just say, “Nice to see you again!” since you probably recognize both of them from So You Think You Can Dance, among other endeavors they take part in all over the world. More of Bridget’s bio is here and Stanley’s is here.

The above photos, and more images can be found on the Bloc Agency website

Mat’s video was directed by a veteran in the music video world, Justin Clough. To his credit, he’s directed videos by Rihanna, Chris Lane, and Brothers Osborne just to name a few. Take a second to check out his reel here.

Since there’s sure to be much more from all of these talented folks, do yourself a favor and follow them to know right away when they do their next entertaining thing! Also, thank you for checking out this post, I hope you learned more about the video and as always, please feel free to comment below!

Mat Kearney Instagram (and a behind the scenes clip) and Twitter

Justin Clough Instagram and Twitter

Bridget Whitman Instagram and Twitter

Stanley Glover Instagram and Twitter

-Out of the Wilderness

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The Odd One Out

In a crowded room, do you ever feel like everyone knows something you don’t? When I go to Los Angeles, California that’s how I feel. Everyone’s trying to be somebody. Everyone wants everyone else to think they are somebody. If you don’t drive a Porsche or a Ferrari then you’re not quite successful. If you don’t have a view of the ocean or live in a gated community, then you’re not totally awesome. Status. If people see you in a nice car or owning a nice home overlooking Paradise Cove in Malibu, then you’re somebody.

Paradise Cove, Malibu, CA

Well, I know something they don’t; we don’t have to be ‘on’ all the time. Feel free to apply that to material possessions, career accomplishments, or personalities. It’s cool that you’re funny, but you don’t always have to be funny. It’s cool that you’re a serious person, but you don’t always have to be serious. If you’re an adventurous person, it’s ok if you’re boring sometimes. In the end, it won’t matter who you entertained and how much people liked you. It’s ok to be a boring person. If that’s what makes you truly feel alive, then be the best boring person you can be. There’s something refreshing about a confident person who knows when to be ‘on’ and when to lay low. When to tell a joke, and when to be silent. When to offer a hug, or threaten a punch. When to be the Porsche and when to be the Honda.

They Call Him Flipper

In California, St. Teresa, or the East coast of Viet Nam, it really doesn’t matter, I love the beach! There’s an exciting and mysterious attraction to the ocean, the sand and all the creatures in the deep. Here in middle Tennessee, many folks will offer up a lake as an acceptable alternative, but to that I’ll shout, “Exhibit A!” Here’s the Exhibit A: when’s the last time there was breaking news about a lake creature found thousands of feet deep? Exhibit B: when have you seen photos of exotic locations on the coast of Tennessee? Never! Exhibit B Attachment 1: Tennessee doesn’t have a coast. Exhibit B Attachment 2: even if Tennessee had a coast, you’d have to drive through legions of University of Tennessee fans, with their car flags and door magnets just to get there. Slam #1: I can think of fifteen things I rather do than talk about the University of Tennessee. And ten more rather than the SEC! (that was Slam #2)

The beach is a much happier thought, and much more mysterious, thus Exhibit C: ocean explorers are finding new species every few months. Side Note 1: the funny thing is the species have been there all along, we just haven’t been able to get to where they are. As technology advances, so does discovery. Segue 1: Personal discovery.

I go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico a couple of times a year with my dad. Honestly, I only enjoy the actual fishing part of it when I catch fish. Most of what I enjoy is the unknown. Boating two hours away from the shore will put you right in the middle of the wild. I’ve seen sea turtles, sharks, manta rays, man-o-wars, manatees, crocodiles, and my all-time favorite… porpoises. Side note 2: Growing up in the states united in the East compelled me to fall in love with three things: seafood, the sun, and the Miami Dolphins.

Segue 2: the Miami Dolphins were named after the mammal in which I intend to elaborate on. Dolphins are very similar to porpoises and I’m not going to school you on the differences. In North Florida, we called them porpoises. Proposal 1: In all I’ve seen of ocean life, these creatures are the only ones that choose fun. On a large ocean liner, they’ll swim speedily at the bow. Behind a large troller they’ll dart in and out of the wake. Or off in the distance, they’ll jump high into a flip. Years ago I had the rare privilege of watching a porpoise swim upside down underneath a small watercraft I was on. It was amazing, amazing! I still remember the color of the belly and how excited I was to witness this.

 

Look at a porpoise in the face and you’ll swear they’re smiling.

Proposal 2: It’s as if all the other creatures of the sea act out of survival instinct, while the porpoise looks for ways to be happy. Analogy 1: Sea creatures are like the cart rides at Disney World. They turn a little to the left and right, but they’re locked on a track to go one direction. Instinct is the big honkin’ metal bar underneath the cart that keeps it on track. The carts, or fish, are slave to it. The porpoise? The porpoise is a Volkswagon Beatle named Herbie. They are free to go anywhere and do anything, and sometimes, they even go bananas! That was Corny Reference 1. But it’s true. Porpoises have instinct, but no metal bar. I like to think that they’re aware of our happiness with them and that’s why they jump out of the water, swim upside down underneath our boats, and help Sandy and Bud catch a group of criminals… because we like them and they like us.