Wistful longing for a lost love has always informed popular music, but it’s incredibly rare to see a jazz video that evokes such nostalgia for a same-sex romance. However, that’s just what out jazz vocalist Antoine L. Collins with the video for his smoky rendition of the Nat King Cole standard “Somewhere Along The Way.”
Collins wanted to create a video to match what he describes as the song’s universal message.
“It’s a song that everyone — young or mature, male or female, gay or straight — can relate to: the one who got away,” he says. To create the accompanying clip he chose acclaimed film director Matthew Mishory, who made Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, a moody and mesmerizing glimpse into the early life of the late superstar.
“I was inspired by the grain, the textures, of super8,” Mishory says. “We looked at old jazz photography and news reels as well some of Derek Jarman’s super8 films, which I love, and William Friedkin’s grainy urban landscapes in Cruising and The French Connection. I had previously shot a lot of super8 in bucolic settings; it was exciting to get urban and gritty.”
Watch their beautiful video collaboration below.