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WATCH: Crying Out For Love

“Dear politicians. Dudes can love dudes. Girls can love girls. It’s normal, It’s beautiful. Australia, let’s hurry up and make it legal… we’re crying out for love!”

Singer/songwriter Nathan Leigh Jones and Director Josef Weber have now revealed their latest video – Crying Out For Love, an uplifting mid-tempo anthem filmed at the most recent marriage equality rally in Sydney.

The video captures the excitement, anticipation and sense of community surrounding the movement, and sits perfectly alongside the lyrics of the song:

“Every man and every woman
Black or white or any shade between
Straight or gay, it doesn’t matter
Any faith we do or don’t believe
The one thing that we can’t deny is
Everybody’s crying out for love…”

We chatted to Nathan and Josef about writing Crying Out For Love, the idea for the video, and why marriage equality plays an important role in his life.

“I wrote the song while taking a break in the wonderful city of Melbourne – that’s right, some Sydney people love Melbourne!” Nathan laughs.

“Like any big city, the streets are full of all kinds of people from all walks of life. It got me thinking – we’re all so different, but we’re all so similar. We just want to be valued, respected and loved.

“So, that night I sat down at a friend’s piano and this song came out. It makes the world a far less scary place when we realise that we’re all after the same basic thing, and if everybody gave it, imagine how much better we’d all be! An idealistic sentiment perhaps, but something that, when applied to the current marriage equality debate, makes the decision a no-brainer. Let people enjoy the same legal right to love as anybody else, regardless of how ‘different’ we may think they are.”

Nathan says he was glad to be working again with Josef Weber, who directed his earlier track Beautiful You.

“Josef and I were catching up for coffee a few months ago and I was telling him an idea I wished I could do someday for Crying Out For Love. Josef doesn’t mess around! Since he’s also passionate about the marriage equality movement, he was like, “Let’s do it! I’m directing it!” and the video quickly became a reality. He totally delivered too… this video has a lot of heart and I’m so proud of what we captured.”

The singer says the project became more like a documentary than a music video. “No green screens or windswept fans in this clip,” he smiles. “The apartment is mine, the rally was real, we paid no extras. I’m wearing basic clothes from my wardrobe and we filmed most of it around my neighbourhood.

“Obviously we knew the rally was happening and we based the concept around it, but we were blown away by the scale of it when we got there. It was amazing! So many people in support of equal rights for GLBT marriage equality. The passion and love in the air was magic, and made for an incredible day of filming.”

Director Joseph agrees. “The rally was so insane to shoot because you have hundreds of people right behind and all around you and you need to get the coverage and make something dynamic to compliment your narrative. The rally’s organisers Community Action Against Homophobia were great supporters and embraced the shoot and what we wanted to create.

“Marriage equality is at boiling point right now and the whole world is looking at Australia because we are portrayed as a country of free speech and beautiful people but when it comes to equal rights for all it falls flat.”

Nathan grew up in a religious family, he says. “Yep, the evangelical Christian kind. My closest friends have known that I liked guys for a while, but it’s only been recently that I’ve opened up about being gay to my wider circle of family and friends. The process was hard, but it’s been worth it. Sometimes it can feel more comfortable going under the radar, but I think everyone has an opportunity to make their voice heard about issues that are important.

“Making this video has been another step in my journey of being more open and transparent with who I am. I also think it’ll be a great memento to show my nieces, nephews, or even my own kids in years to come… hopefully they’ll be confused as to why we even had to hold rallies that beg for a basic human right like equal love! These are exciting times, and I’m so thankful to be living in this moment when people are putting aside their fears and standing for what is right.”

Marriage equality should be important to everyone, he adds. “I, more than most, know the arguments against same sex marriage. I’ve lived and breathed them my entire life. Unfortunately, these arguments did exactly what they intended to do – they made me feel like less of a human being for something I had no choice in.

“I’m sick of the ‘civil unions are fine’ argument, the ‘only between a man and a woman’ argument, the ‘my religion says so’ argument. These arguments no longer carry any weight. We’re a new generation. We make our own definitions. And what we know in the 21st century is that dudes can love dudes, and girls can love girls. It’s normal. It’s beautiful. Australia, let’s hurry up and make it legal… we’re crying out for love!”

The song itself was recorded at Sydney’s prestigious Studios 301, and features a 20 piece vocal ensemble made up of members of the Sydney Philharmonia Choir.

Watch the video for Crying Out For Love below. The track is available for download from iTunes, and is currently streaming on Spotify.


Read more from Brian Peel on his blog The Aussie Word.

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Deanus

Deanus said on the 25th Jul, 2013

LOVE IT!!! And how beautiful is this film clip as well!! GREAT!

Schmoodle

Schmoodle said on the 29th Jul, 2013

"Dear politicians. Dudes can love dudes. Girls can love girls. It%u2019s normal, It's beautiful. Australia, let's hurry up and make it legal... we're crying out for love"

Im gay but I don't claim to be normal. What is normal anyway? Isn't normal what the majority do? Therefore I wouldn't say homosexuality is "normal" nor do I want to be represented as normal.
Im getting a bit sick of the whole "we are normal, we are just like you" bullshit. We aren't like heterosexuals, we never will be and I don't think we should be trying to convince people that we are. Instead of falling into the trap of being hetero-normalised we should be showing people that they need to accept difference. Im queer as all fuck and Im not like mr and mrs smith with 2.2 children and a white picket fence down the road in anyway, get used to it.