‘It was about going within and looking at deep emotions'
Bass River native Alana Yorke, pictured in Five Islands, will launch her new video, ‘The Weight,' during an 8 p.m. performance Saturday night at Roadside Willies in Bible Hill. Yorke penned the song from her own experience of a scuba diving accident. Tarek Abouamin photo
TRURO - A scary scuba diving incident was one of several sources local musician Alana Yorke drew upon when she wrote her latest song, ‘The Weight.'
Only she didn't know it at first.
The incident occurred in 2008 when the 31-year-old Bass River native was scuba diving and ran out of air.
"This project has been a huge catalyst for my healing and my emergence as an artist," said Yorke, who is releasing the video for ‘The Weight' this weekend in Bible Hill.
The CEC grad had actually written the repetitive piano part of the song years earlier.
"I was inspired by a Feist song to sing over top the piano and I just started singing over it," she explained.
Without really sitting down to work on the lyrics, Yorke finished the song and said it came on the heels of another musician's - Amy Winehouse's - passing.
"In her case, it was self-destructive patterns but in my case, it was about self-limiting and it being hard to break free."
Because of the tone of the song, the musician wanted to film the video in a space with "amazing and interesting acoustics."
"I wanted it to be an underground location where the viewers could come with us to someplace they wouldn't normally go."
She was able to gain access to the Debert bunker for the video, which she wanted to be done in a single take.
"I wanted it to be a live performance video," she said, noting, however, that multiple cameras and shots were used to document her journey traveling through the underground labyrinth of the bunker before emerging to the outside.
"It was about going within and looking at deep emotions," she said.
While the video was launched in Halifax at the end of March and released on her website (www.alanayorke.com) the following day, Yorke is holding video launches throughout Nova Scotia and possibly the Maritimes until the summer.
She will be at Roadside Willies on Saturday for an 8 p.m. performance where she will play from the bench behind a baby grand piano.
Her husband, Ian Bent, also a Truro native, will join her on the keyboard and synthesizer, and Nicholas Maclean will join in on the electric guitar.
"We'll be playing some of my older material that some people will know, as well as some new songs and cover songs," said Yorke.
"And we're going to show the video for ‘The Weight' on the big screen."
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Roadside Willies the night of the show or in advance at www.roadsidewillies.ca.
IF YOU GO:
Who: Alana Yorke
What: Video launch for ‘The Weight'
When: April 21, 8 p.m.
Where: Roadside Willies, Bible Hill
Tickets: available in advance online at www.roadsidewillies.ca or at the establishment that night