Hi Mein Freunds across the planet, I want you to see this new very special video of mine for “Heavy Balloon” from the Two Moons album I put out last year. I wanted first to point out the exquisite animation by artist and friend Athena Hahn who worked for countless hours on this beautiful masterpiece! She really got inside the song in a compassionate way. Then my wonderful musician friends who helped me record it and bring it to life in the studio: David Immergluck, Michael Iveson, Jon Button and Zac Baird; Recorded by John Would and mastered by Doug Sax.
I also wanted to take a moment and tell you a little what the song meant for me and how I wrote it. My wonderful mom, Barbro Hellstrom – originally of Sweden – passed on a couple of years ago and she has been on my mind and in the air everyday since. I found myself while mourning her, talking to her and also saying to myself, “I won’t lay down my heart” – life takes us to the edge and lifts us up and drops us down and tears at us and shines brightly on us as well, all of these things (sometimes even in one day!). I found myself composing with a guitar to get through the grieving and just try and channel some real-life music. It also brought up my own thoughts about life and after-life and how much i enjoy the daily things here on this planet and how I still wana “play ball.” I guess the words “Heavy Balloon” came to me as the floating feeling I was having between the two worlds.
Love and Light, T