Rise With It
Music and Lyrics by Benny Oyama
Filmed and Directed by Idit Nissenbaum and Benny Oyama
The creation of this video began with some bad luck. Something went wrong booking the rental car to go upstate for this shoot, and so Idit and I answered the call to improvise. We took the A train all the way up to 191st street to my favorite part of New York City and created a very intuitive shoot for this song, called Rise With It, written a few weeks prior.
I find the altitude of Fort Tryon Park a refreshing change from grimy-gritty-city. It’s written in the Hudson River, who carries the force of life from upstate New York like a promise of our return to nature. I miss my brief stay as a recluse in that neighborhood - mixed days of stolid isolation, and of a burgeoning new hopefulness. Looking out from the edge of Fort Tryon park, the blue distances of the river foreshadow the coming of a reunion with ourselves.
Rise With It is a song of lovers, questions and answers, and the blooming of surrender in spring-song. "Rise With It", words and music by Benny Oyama, video co-directed with and filmed by Idit Nissenbaum in the beautiful blooming Fort Tryon Park, New York City. Spring 2017, and released one year later on the equinox of Spring.
Lyrics to Rise With It