The President Sang Amazing Grace

Yesterday I posted an animated video based on the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song “Teach Your Children”. The video was animated by Jeff Scher.

When I looked further into who Jeff Scher is I learned he had previously captured a historic tribute in, “The President Sang Amazing Grace”. This moving tribute is performed by Joan Baez and written by Zoe Mulford. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

“When Barack Obama sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at the service for the Charleston Church shooting victims, it was deeply moving,” Scher told The Atlantic. “Somehow Obama, with his humble singing voice, turned grief into grace. With humility, compassion, and a two-hundred-year-old hymn, he made us feel that the evil deeds of a sick individual could not shake the bonds of our common humanity.”

This video was produced by Rick Litvin and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. It is the first of a 10-part visual album in collaboration with NYU that coincides with each of the 10 songs on Baez’s new album, ‘Whistle Down The Wind’.

 

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Teach Your Children Graham Nash (2018)

This video is a collaboration between Graham Nash and celebrated filmmaker and animator Jeff Scher. The imagery frames the youth-led liberal activism of 2018 against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and Peace demonstrations of the 1960’s, providing a powerful visual aid to Graham Nash’s relevant-as-ever appeal to teach not only our children but also our parents well.

“I wrote Teach Your Children because we have much to teach them. Conversely, I believe we as parents have much to learn from them as well. I think that Jeff Scher did a wonderful job of animating my lyrics and positioning the song in a contemporary setting.” – Graham Nash (2018)