Locals collaborate for ‘This Wonderful Playground’Written by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
In his “Waiting” music video, Zak Ward wanted to visually show the feeling of depression the song captures.
“The song was written about wrapping your mind around feeling depressed,” Ward said. “It’s trying to verbalize essentially locking yourself out and hoping you can continue on with hope that things are going to change for the better.”
Ward said the song was written intentionally vague so listeners can relate.
“If you write in a general fashion, hopefully more people can connect with it … I’ve always been the type of person that always lets people interpret for themselves,” Ward said. “I could give you a little description of exactly what was happening to me at that time, but I’m not going to. We tried to make the song adaptable to people.”
The song was ten years old when the video was made. The video shoot took two days and was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign in November, which got the duo $1,200. The video was filmed at the Collingwood Arts Center and an abandoned warehouse near Downtown.
Ward aimed for a national market with the video. He wished to raise the bar.
“I think music videos are really important and my goal is to eventually have three or four,” Ward said. “I think people are more apt to take a look at what your work is when you give them a visual.”
The video features shots of a woman screaming in the mirror, a pregnant woman caressing her belly and a man with dreadlocks taking pills. The chorus features lyrics like “waiting for the sun to shine through.”
“Every character is waiting for something to happen,” Ward said. Ward said it’s a common theme for most people these days.
“Waiting” is the first single of the upcoming album “The Wonderful Playground,” Ward’s first solo project. For the record, Ward collaborated with Bob Stevens, another local musician. The two men have been playing in cover bands separately for “a long time” and wanted to create original songs. They began working in April 2013.
Ward has been writing songs and placing them in archives over the years. He dusted them off and presented them to Stevens to be finalized for the album. Ward said their different styles made the songs what they are. The songs wouldn’t sound the way they do without the partnership between them, Ward said.
“[Stevens is] very talented in ways that I am not at all,” Ward said.
“This Wonderful Playground” will hopefully be released in January. The two are putting the finishing touches on it now. Ward said “Waiting” does not represent the rest of the record. Other songs like “Rain” and “Beautiful” are completely different.
“We are fans of music and that’s the thing that’s really coming out of this album, we are truly fans of music,” Ward said.