Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners Look Back on Childhood with “Carousel”

By Andrew Ellis, Editor-in-Chief

No matter how fast it’s spinning a carousel will eventually come to a slow stop. It’s also that way with childhood and even some of those friendships, which Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners sing about in their new song, “Carousel.” The song itself, off their new album Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds, was inspired by Marie’s daughter Ava and her best friend Maggie.

“The sadness of the minor chords speak to those friendships we have that ended for whatever reason,” she says, pointing out how detailed the song is. “Maybe because we can’t be kids forever and have sleepovers anymore, or we just grow apart.”

The video was shot by Michele Truax in a place special to Marie’s heart: Chester Bowl Park in Duluth, MN. Many of her childhood memories take place there, and it’s where she takes her kids to play today.

“All of the things you see in the video are meant to throw people into their own memories,” she says, adding examples such as friendship necklaces and exploring the outdoors. “We never show their faces in the video because we wanted the viewer to imagine themselves and their own best friend.”

Besides the story it tells, she also loves the 90s feel the video gives off, which is primarily thanks to the black and white segments that feature Ava and Maggie. She even wore a ‘vintage’ 90s sundress for her performance shots in the park. The video would have been much different, too, but the weather cooperated at the last minute.

“The day of the shoot it was raining,” she says. “About 10 minutes before we got to the park, the skies parted and we had some lovely partly cloudy sunset lighting. Everything was fresh from the rain and the park was completely empty which was perfect.”

The shoot lasted for two hours. They would’ve gotten more, but the sunset gave them its own deadline. But Marie isn’t complaining.

“I’m really happy with how the whole video turned out,” she says.

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