Monday is Memorial Day. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men & women who died while in military service to the United States. First enacted to honor Union & Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.
There’s nobility in defending something you believe in to the bitter end – whether “right” or “wrong.” And in the end, it’s our collective memory is that keeps that sentiment “alive.”
It’s hard not to get misty when thinking about all of the people lost, fighting in the name of freedom.
And I can’t think of a better artist, song, or a better artistically expressive way to share that notion…
About the video:
This video is from The Johnny Cash Project. It is a global collective art project. Through their website, working with a single image as a template, and using a custom drawing tool, each artist created a unique & personal portrait of Johnny. The work was then combined with art from participants around the world, and integrated into a collective whole: a music video for “Ain’t No Grave”, rising from a sea of one-of-a-kind portraits.
Strung together and played in sequence over the song, the portraits create a moving, ever evolving homage to this beloved musical icon. What’s more, as new people discover and contribute to the project, this living portrait will continue to transform and grow, so it’s virtually never the same video twice.
See more about the making of the video here.