We are working on a NEW MUSIC VIDEO to tell our JOURNEY STORIES.
We have finished the first and second phases of our project, and collected almost 200 artworks in many styles, from folks of all ages across the world. We have imagined a glorious digital chorus. These are now being assembled into our short film!
Release Date to be Announced Soon
“Ready or Not” imagines our human journeys, through the image of packing a magic suitcase. At first whimsical, like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag, the song also moves us to the journeys taken as forced migration, the refugee’s journey, packing quickly the things most precious, tangible and intangible, objects as well as memories.
Ready or Not
“Ready or Not” begins with a song composed by Elise Witt, commissioned by Carpe Diem Arts with the Daily Antidote of Song. Next, the song invites ARTISTS from around the globe to illustrate one or more verses, in whatever artistic medium they like, for whichever verse(s) speak(s) most potently to them. Singers are invited to contribute harmonies and add verses to the song. The visual and musical art contributions are then compiled into an innovative music video by artist Jessica Lily with a soundtrack by Elise and local Atlanta musicians.
During the early days of the pandemic, Jessica and Elise collaborated on a similar project, commissioned by the Smithsonian Folklife Archives, Carpe Diem Arts and the Daily Antidote of Song.. A multi-disciplinary project involving artists from around the globe, illustrated Elise’s re-visioning of a traditional “color song,” JENNY JENKINS. Artists ranged in age from 1-83, and the art submitted included drawings, paintings, sculpture, sketches, graphics, and more. The re-imagined song focused on the January 2021 Georgia Senate election, to get out the vote, and encouraged deep reflection about the state of our local and global communities.
This new project invites artists and musicians of all ages and experiences to imagine, in image and sound, what is most precious and important to our health and the health of our planet.
From personal to communal to global – what are the journeys we must undertake to, in the words of the MacArthur Foundation, “create opportunities for exultation as we recognize the potential to create objects of beauty and awe, advance our understanding of society, and foment change to improve the human condition.”