Singer-songwriter Tyson Motsenbocker‘s name might be a mouthful, but it’s one you’ll want to memorize moving forward. The Southern California-based musician writes gorgeously affecting, acoustic-heavy indie music that resonates with stunning lyrical imagery and soothingly refreshing melodies. It’s no wonder he’s played with the likes of David Bazan, Vance Joy, and James Bay—and if the music gods are just, Motsenbocker will inevitably be a name that joins the ranks of such notable songwriters.
Today, we have the honor of sharing Motsenbocker’s video for “In Your Name,” the opening track from his recent Tooth And Nail Records release, Letters To Lost Loves. The inspiration is heart-wrenching, if not relatable; it focuses on familial love and tragedy while being challenged by faith, considering the circumstances. You can experience it below where you’ll also find some insight about the song and its visuals from Motsenbocker himself. You might want to have some tissues handy.
“I never meant to play or record ‘In Your Name’; I never meant to write it either. I was sitting on the porch at my parent’s house when her doctor called to tell us that her sickness had gathered enough momentum and velocity that it was now an unstoppable force, and ultimately that she was going to die soon. All of the years of my family praying that she would get better shot through my mind, and then alternatively, all of the things people had claimed God had answered their prayers about—weather, sports, traveling mercies, or whatever. It seemed so trivial and impossible—like the Big Power was only toying with us. I wrote ‘In Your Name’ in only a few minutes longer than it takes to play it. It came out of me, pretty angry, and some of the things I had been afraid to vocalize for a lot of years, when it was still possible that she could get better.
When we were talking about making a video for this song, I wasn’t sure how we could do it without it feeling too self-serious or on the nose. The filmmaker for this video, Dustin Miller, had a friend in Florida who traveled around taking pictures of people living in these rundown motels on the main drags of the coastal towns. I imagined all of those people, living out hard times under the evangelical fear of the American South. Something about this guy seeing the trouble that the cultural church didn’t, it felt like a parallel image of the song.”
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